Crossing the coast, Skipper! by Woodie


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As the dawn breaks and the bombers (in this case a Lancaster) leave the protective darkness of the night, "Crossing the Coast” is one of the most welcome intercom messages that returning bomber crews can hear after hours flying over enemy territory.
“Crossing the Coast” was inspired by a previous commission I’d painted called “Skipper, we are on fire!” These most feared words were quoted to me by John ‘Jock’ Morrison.
An ex-Sergeant wireless operator, he now lives in County Durham and returned to Norway in 2000, to collect his flying helmet from the grandchildren of the family who had looked after him and his fellow crewmen, when they crashed their Halifax bomber in Norway after depth charging the Tirpitz in April 1942. You may have read about his Norwegian visit in the newspapers.
“Crossing the Coast Skipper” has been used to illustrate the front cover of Tony Eaton’s book “Two Friends, Two Different Hells.” The story of two school-friend’s different wars.
Acrylic on canvas board 18 × 24 inches approx.

Featured on “Home Page” 31 March 2010
In TopTen "All about air, land and water crafts” Self Taught Artists. 31 March 2010
Featured in “Art at it’s Best” June 2012
Featured in Painted Nature & Object 30 Aug 2012
Featured in the BEST of RB, 2nd September 2012
Featured in the group 1 Theme – 4 Challenges 15 Oct 2012
Tied with 7 votes THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL… December 2012 (Transport) challenge
1 January 2014, over 1,850 views. And 35 faves.
SOLD a Greetings Card Today, 31 December 2013


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My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 7 years ago

    brilliant work

  • crackgerbal
    crackgerbalabout 7 years ago

    this is a beautiful piece of artwork that derived from a very ugly time. I love it! excellent detail!

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersabout 7 years ago

    Welcome to Redbubble Neil Woodie – weren’t you in Toy Story? I bet you’re glad I got you to join this happy band, Your paintings – and the history that goes with them – and stunning. Let’s see more. Brian.

  • xssif
    xssifabout 7 years ago


  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 7 years ago

    Hi guys, Thanks you all for your kind remarks and being gentle with me on my first day on RedBubble.
    It makes an old man very happy.

  • delobbo
    delobboabout 7 years ago

    beautiful scene!

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsabout 7 years ago

    Truly a gem of its genre. Chap – you are mighty good at these!

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Graeme. Much appreciated.

  • tel5521
    tel5521about 7 years ago

    Lovely work Woodie – I envy your ability in painting aircraft. As an aircraft ‘buff’ – a Duxford visit whenever in the UK – the talent required to put an accurate man made object, in a realistic natural environment, whilst keeping all the correct perspectives and the atmosphere – four merlins growling !!!
    Great job – I look forward to seeing more

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...about 7 years ago

    Absoloutely Remarkable Niel!!

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