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Viva la France! A Mel Brackstone Image by Michael Jones

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Viva la France! A Mel Brackstone Image by 

Oil on gessoed board, 18″×14″.
Many thanks to the wonderfully famous Mel Brackstone for her generosity in allowing me to use her image of ‘Jon and Mick’ in costume at the ‘History Alive!’ day, Queen’s birthday weekend, 2010, at Fort Lytton, Brisbane. Dressed in French infantry garb, they make a dynamic duo after Mel’s fantastic postwork on PS.
this is a preliminary photo of the painting, as it is still wet. When it dries and gets varnished I will post a better pic.


  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    Absolutely top shelf artwork… they are indeed a dynamic duo… i can’t image it looking any better when it dries…

  • many thanks again, Carol, it will be much better when it dries, all the glare will be gone and you will be able to see the feathers on his hat badge! This is about lifesize of the painting so you can tell what size brushes I had to use. cheers, ,m

    – Michael Jones

  • Ian David Soar
    Ian David Soarover 4 years ago

    WOW stunning art work !!!!!!!

    Regards Ian :)

  • Thank you so much, Ian. cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic work of art, just stunning Michael

  • thank you very much, Ellanita, glad you could drop by and leave a comment, cheers, m

    – Michael Jones

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    heh, looks great, Michael! Can’t wait to show them :)

  • Hehe, many thanks again Mel, I really enjoyed painting this, I hope they enjoy it too. Did you see the close ups too. cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    Guess I should do the shameless self promotion thing, eh? Thanks again, Michael!

  • Yeah, why the hell not! This image really inspired me to paint it. In fact there are a couple more from that day which I would love to have a go at also……..incidently,I loved painting all the buttons and the brass plates on the hats, did you notice I gave him a cracked lense in his glasses; cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    yes I saw the cracked lens, thought that was a great touch! The closeup shots do show how much detail you’ve put in!

  • many thanks Mel, hehe, my wife thinks I’m a bloody genius! so I got some brownie points. cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...over 4 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant Michael!

  • Thank you very much Margaret, cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work. this is all perfect.

  • Oh, I don’t know about being perfect, the camera does that, this is my interpretation of Mel’s image, but many thanks anyway, you are too kind, cheers, M

    – Michael Jones

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendover 4 years ago

    Congratulations !!!

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jonesover 4 years ago

    WOW, thanks to all of you who voted for this image and the biggest thanks to Mel Brackstone, who’s original image was the catalyst and aid with which I painted this, cheers, M

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