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Mjr. Barker + Pterosaur Squad by GlendonMellow Mjr. Barker + Pterosaur Squad by GlendonMellow
Major Billy Barker & his Pterosaur Squadron, oil on canvas. By Glendon Mellow, 2009. A submission for the Pterosaur Gallery.

The paint is still wet, thus, the photo at a weird angle to prevent glare. My piece inadvertently has ties to the Pterosaur Gallery's launch coinciding with Canada Day.

Sometimes as an artist, I get an image full-blown in my mind; that was the case here. Composition, lighting, hues. I needed some details for the biplanes. So I did a bit of online poking, and found the story of a true Canadian adventurer, perfect to add to my concept painting. Major William George "Billy" Barker was a World War 1 flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient who flew Sopwith Camels against German Fokkers. Although I could not find any information indicating he fought against the infamous Red Baron, Manfred Von Richtofen, I thought these two ace pilots would heighten the drama in this alternate history. Of course, Major Billy Barker has a trick up those RAF sleeves: his fighting pterosaur squadron, made up of Quetzalcoatlus northropi.

Happy Canada Day!

(you can also read a bit more about this painting at my artblog, The Flying Trilobite.

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(edit- I put up a nicer version of the painting-GM)
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:icondinodude0091:
dinodude0091 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Pterosaurs + WWII dogfights = EPIC AWESOME-NESS!!!
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:iconglendonmellow:
GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Dinodude0091!

I may see if I can squeeze a few more pieces like this into my schedule.
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:icondinodude0091:
dinodude0091 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Your welcome and that would be cool.
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:iconsphenacodon:
Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Whee! Pterosaurs have just been taken to a new level of awesome. Where are the tyrannosaurs in F-15s? :)
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:iconglendonmellow:
GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I love that you've taken to the painting in the right spirit.

Perhaps it opens up a wider storyline after all.

Thanks, Sphenacodon.
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:iconjacquelinerae:
JacquelineRae Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
wow. just... wow! :D
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:iconglendonmellow:
GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbaragon2001:
baragon2001 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
oh he fought the top ace of the war the Red Baron
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:iconglendonmellow:
GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The Red Baron is zooming in...I haven't found anything that said Barker fought him in real life though.
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:iconbaragon2001:
baragon2001 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
oh i did a report about the red baron thats why i know alot about him
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