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Portrait of an ASLAV Crewman (Oil Sketch)





Portrait of an ASLAV Crewman (Oil Sketch)
Oil on canvas board
356mm x 457mm
Collection of the artist

"An artist must be able to render what he or she sees... either in real life or in his or her imagination. When the impressionists gained ascendancy in the late 19th Century, a common criticism was that their work was 'unfinished' and were merely sketches. But it was this 'roughness' that appealed to people."

"Another facet of this type of painting was the use of what's known as a 'limited palette' of colours. There are so many colours available to artists these days that it is often a temptation to 'collect' 20 or 30 different colours! Art colleges encourage a small range of colours from which an artist should be able to create a full rainbow of colours required. This image was not only a practice oil sketch, but was also an experiment with a limited palette. It was created in a little under an hour. Firstly, the canvas board was painted with a rough colour of acrylic raw sienna, then the image was sketched in about 10 minutes using a charcoal pencil and then the colours applied."

"The colours used are shown below."


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Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.

During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.

For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

HUET - RHO Aviation

CRM - RHO Aviation

EBS - RHO Aviation

Official War Artist - IPAS.