First Flight

First Flight
Oil on canvas_mixed media
48 x 32 in (122 x 81 cm)
 Copyright © 1993-2016 David Bridgeman. All images on this site are copyright and must not be reproduced in any form.
 Pegasus Series
The Pegasus works stem from my father's RAF flying manual.  He was a mechanic after the war and used the manual as part of his training. As a child I remember being fascinated by the beautiful engineering pullout drawings of the aircraft. One particular engine was the Pegasus.  I made copies of the drawings which were mainly fluid distribution markings and used them to make several collages.  I then decided that I could actually design my own flying machine which in turn led to the construction of a wire model.  This I used as the basis for a number of pen and ink and charcoal drawings which then fed ideas for paintings.  For the longest time I was plagued with the reoccurring dream that I was flying a plane that I couldn't land.  My plane expertly weaves across the land and sea, carrying precious cargo.