The main inspiration for the painting Welcome Aboard came from the book Vietnam – The definitive oral history told from all sides, written by Christian G Appy. The book is an amazing project which had the author traveling the globe for 5 years collecting interviews from all sides of the Vietnam war as the title of the book states.
The interview which directly inspired the image I made for the painting was with air stewardess Helen Tennant Hegelheimer talking of her experiences serving World Airways from 1966 to ’67 when commercial airlines were transporting troops to and from Vietnam via Japan.
All the materials used for the painting Welcome Aboard use light fast colours, meaning that the colour will not fade through exposure to strong light or sunlight.
The spray paint used for this painting is by two reputable brands, Molotow Fine Art and Montana – Montana Gold ranges, high pigment acrylic inks used are also from Molotow and Montana, these acrylic inks were used with Ara acrylic paints and Golden’s airbrush medium and acrylic extender, which increase durability of acrylic ink and acrylic paint.
The image used for the seat in the painting Welcome Aboard was found through a Google search on 1960’s airline interiors – I believe that the image of the airline interior shown above was from 1965, however the brand is unknown.
The picture above was chosen from a selection of airline advertising from the 1960’s, I was looking for a somewhat generic American woman with blonde hair, blue eyes and a big smile. The profile had to echo Helen Tennant Hegelheimer’s words from the interview for Christian G Appy’s book Vietnam, “I was their wife, their sister, their girlfriend”.
The airline hostess uniform was also from the 1960’s and was chosen due to the bold yet simple design.
The canvas is stretched over high quality stretcher bars made from FSC approved managed forests and provided by Russell and Chapple London.