Curious How the Process Works? Get the Details Below!
Early aviation predated widespread use of color photography (which came to market in the late 1930s), so virtually all photos prior to World War II are monochrome. Starting with a grainy, low-contrast black-and-white image, I add layers of color, using modern restorations and historic writings as sources for artistic interpretation.
With the colorized photo as a model, I digitally paint the image in watercolor style, with particular attention to details that give the piece depth and realism. I also add a background of interesting cloud formations or terrain to put the airplane in context and accentuate the wonder of flying machines.
When I'm satisfied that the painting is finished, the digital image is made tangible through fine-art giclée printing on archival watercolor paper. The visible texture of the watercolor paper is a distinctive characteristic of traditional hand-painted artwork, and the heavy, 100% cotton paper base gives the print a physical presence very different from the feel of a regular photograph.
Large-Format Limited Editions
Classic Air Prints Limited Editions are made in small quantities (20 or fewer) and available in three sizes: 16 by 20 inches, 20 by 24 inches, and 24 by 30 inches. Each print is individually signed and numbered and delivered with a certificate of authenticity. Limited edition prints are suitable for framing, and we offer a range of custom frames chosen to complement your art.
Small-Format Open Editions
Classic Air Prints Open Editions are made in 8 by 10 inch size, with title and signature incorporated into the printed image. Open edition prints are available individually but are best enjoyed as part of the Classic Air Membership program, which delivers you a new print each month to build your fine art collection. Express your love of flight with a growing aviation art gallery on your walls.
Membership Begins with a Welcome Kit
As a new member, you'll receive a Welcome Kit containing your first monthly print, an archival portfolio to store your unframed prints, a full-color catalog of all Classic Air Prints images and other products, plus a bonus gift (or two!) to thank you for being part of our exclusive membership. Members also receive discounts on purchases from the online store, including limited edition prints and frames.
Too Many Choices? Send a Gift Card!
Everyone loves the gift of fine art. If you can't decide on an image, print size, or membership options, send a gift card and let the lucky recipient choose! You can give any amount between $10 and $500, and the redemption code works just like cash in the Classic Air Prints shop — spend a little now and save the rest, or use it all at once.