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Mjr. Barker + Pterosaur Squad

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)
Image details
Image size
1440x750px 125.2 KB
FinePix A700
Shutter Speed
1/333 second
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 3, 2009, 2:16:51 PM
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dinodude0091's avatar
Pterosaurs + WWII dogfights = EPIC AWESOME-NESS!!!
GlendonMellow's avatar
Thanks Dinodude0091!

I may see if I can squeeze a few more pieces like this into my schedule.
dinodude0091's avatar
Your welcome and that would be cool.
Sphenacodon's avatar
Whee! Pterosaurs have just been taken to a new level of awesome. Where are the tyrannosaurs in F-15s? :)
GlendonMellow's avatar
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.
JacquelineRae's avatar
wow. just... wow! :D
baragon2001's avatar
oh he fought the top ace of the war the Red Baron
GlendonMellow's avatar
The Red Baron is zooming in...I haven't found anything that said Barker fought him in real life though.
baragon2001's avatar
oh i did a report about the red baron thats why i know alot about him
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