Victory Belle


I finally finished my ‘nose art’ painting (Glenn Miller, anyone?)!

Captain Miller (of propaganda): “… ‘The Statue of Liberty is kaput’ – that’s disconcerting.”

– Tom Hanks – Saving Private Ryan

About this image: acrylic painting on aluminum flashing riveted to 24″ x 32″ hardboard panel


72 thoughts on “Victory Belle

    • Hahaha… it shocks me a bit to say this, but no band-aids needed (this time)! Bizarre, really – it seems like with my track record I could / should have almost lost an entire arm somehow! Thanks, Patti!

  1. What a great piece of art!!! Nice job…it’s looks “perfect”….love everything about it! I could see a whole series of pinup girls from the 1940’s. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so very much, Mary! I was thinking it might be fun to make a small series at some point… I’d also like to make one that’s a much bigger scale, too (although this is already much larger than most things I work with).

    • I have been working out, so, you know… thanks for noticing.
      Aw, how kind of you to say, U.M, thank you! I did think it might be fun to see how realistically I could render the rivets with paint, but how often do I go behind my apartment and rivet stuff. I’m sure my neighbors are kinda wondering…

    • I’m so happy to hear you liked this one, B.F! Thank you! This has been on my list for quite some time now, so it feels good to have finally finished it (although I’d like to make a much larger one at some point, too).
      Thanks again, Amy!

    • How very kind of you to say – thank you so much! It’s so nice to hear things like ‘timeless’… because that’s really what I was hoping for, so thank you again!

    • I’m so happy to hear you liked this! Thank you very much!
      Everyone who comments here is so kind (and creative) – I don’t mind at all that it totally steals the show!

  2. I like all your stuff, but the multi-media ones like this are superb. Such a neat idea, and great execution, too. What kind of rivets did you use?

    • Thank you, as always, sir! I’m happy to hear that – these things are a lot of fun (but they can also be a bit of a pain at times – particularly because I’m trying to figure out so much of it as I go along)!
      The rivets were intended for leather crafts (I found them at an arts and crafts chain that rhymes with ‘Michaels’). Anyway, they seemed about the right scale (and length to fit through the backer board). They are set with a tool that looks like a nail-set with a concave head and a wooden mallet. There’s also a round metal disk you place behind each back piece as you set them. That was difficult – I live in an apartment and didn’t want to do this indoors (noise) so I set them in our parking space. The board was so large it was difficult to see/reach under / place everything in the right spot with everything just laying flat on the ground (so the backs of a few of these aren’t as pretty as I’d like – oh well, I guess)!

    • I’m very happy for that kind of reaction, Madame, thank you!
      This is one of those projects I’ve had on my ‘to-try’ list for YEARS…
      it feels kind of strange to actually have finished this (but that’s not uncommon for me, I guess).

  3. Wow, this is very good! I didn’t even suspect you had such skills πŸ˜€ Love her pose, the colors… I’m impressed! You must have used magic πŸ˜‰

    • How incredibly kind – thank you so very much!
      I was really hoping to finish at least one painting a month – but I’ve only completed two so far this year (and I’m still getting set-up to start my third – behind already – this does not bode well)!
      I’m very happy to hear you liked the pose and colors – I was really hoping everything would fit together okay.
      Hahaha… is this your card?! No?! Um… this one?! No?!

  4. I’m happy to say the style is from before my time πŸ˜‰ but I love this style. Maybe I was born in the wrong decade. Beautiful work and I especially appreciate that you made her a redhead.

    • It’s a bit before my time, too… but sometimes I feel like it might not be!
      Thank you so very much, Ms. G – it seemed like it could use some red to balance out the white and blue…

  5. Excellent composition.
    I can not help, but wonder if there are any yungun’s who think nose art is some how related to body piercing & tattoos. The rivets would take on a whole other interpretation . πŸ˜€

    • Thank you very, very much, Ms. K… you always spoil me with your great kindness!
      I had a lot of fun with this one, of course… it’s been on my ‘to-make’ list for some time now…

  6. This might be one of the most awesome mediums I have seen you use. I believe if you did repos of many of the old B-17s and had a show you could really command big bucks for each one. The aluminum sheeting attached to the wood with rivets has a world of possibilities. Vintage looking signs, Road signs. I am not talking craft art here. I am talkin’ true hangem in the museum pieces.
    If you want to go the craft art then you could do school logos and all sorts of things.

    • Thank you so very much, Bo! I’m so happy to hear that! To tell you the truth I was dragging my feet a bit, because at first I was thinking I should maybe ‘wrap’ the aluminum around / or create a frame out of aluminum angle. Didn’t really have the tools (or experience) to do that in a way I felt I’d be happy with, but… for the most part… this is actually what I had in mind. Which is kinda’ cool (because that doesn’t always happen for me)!

  7. another post i seem to have missed. i am no longer getting new notification of blog posts, but am catching up. this is well done! and ymmg (= you made me google). i never knew that nose art was such a big thing.

    • Thank you, P&K! I think the first time I ever saw any was when I went to a ‘friends and neighbors day’ at an Air Force Base when I was a kid… they had some classic WWII era planes there… ‘Sentimental Journey’… among others… pretty cool.

  8. Very nice – have you considered applying to the Confederate Air Force for a job as Nose Art painter? I think you’ve really caught the 1940’s hair style in this work. It’s a great recreation of an art-form in which images were, all too often, short lived. I also appreciate your good lady’s modelling for your work – she’s clearly a very patient angel πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha… I was just thinking how lucky I am it wasn’t my job… I’m SO slow the plane would have been decommissioned long before I ever finished the first coat!
      Excellent! Thank you! She’s made-up from / based off quite a few different references… I did a quite a bit of research looking for period appropriate hairstyles, etc… a tough job, but someone had to do it! πŸ™‚

  9. Hey I am missing out on some exciting work here SIG and this one is Exciting with a capital ‘E’ how did you keep your painting skills steady for those delicious stocking tops, well some artists need their privacy so consider it an invalid question πŸ™‚ lol Great work as always and something incredibly pleasing too I might add πŸ™‚ What a lovely surprise for a cold and snowy Monday morning πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful start to your day SIG and thank you for sharing your superb artistry πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha… well, to tell you the truth my painting skills are never very steady… there are always touch-ups on top of touch-ups (so I’ve had a lot of practice with that)!
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Andro! What’s the deal with this cold weather?! It doesn’t seem very spring-like here yet, either! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a bit more sunshine and some warmer temps!

      • Usually I love Autumn and Winter but I never signed up for it to go on and on like this, you wouldn’t believe it but it is still snowing here, though not as bad as it has been in other parts of the UK…

        Let us hope that this Summer is a nice warm one and that Spring is not lost due to all of this horrible weather 😦 I need a HOLIDAY abroad I think? πŸ™‚ lol Have a wicked afternoon SIG πŸ™‚

        • I’m a big fan of Autumn, too… but I guess I’m just getting spoiled about winter. I like experiencing it for about a week, and I love the photo opportunities it provides, but the cold, and the ice, and moving around snow… I don’t know… have I mentioned I’m getting spoiled?!
          Absolutely! I hope you have a good one, sir! And I hope it shows-up much sooner than later, too!

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