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Craig Kodera - THE GREAT GREENWICH BALLOON RACE -  L.E. PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          THE GREAT GREENWICH BALLOON RACE
by Craig Kodera

$145.00

L.E. PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 10"w x 30"h.
Published: October 1988


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Ballooning . . . nearly motionless and noiseless, the art of ballooning transcends the role of man on earth and allows him to become at once a part of the skies and nature.

Man's oldest form of aerial excursion, ballooning began in France in 1783 with the experiments of the Montgolfier brothers. The first flight across the English Channel was in a balloon in 1785. Balloons have held a place in the military since the Civil War when lighter-than-air-craft were used for scouting and observation.

Early balloons were made with everything from varnished taffeta to cloth and rubber. Today's airships are of nylon and polyester and are more colorful than ever. The baskets of yesterday have given way to modern wickers and aluminums. Balloons now typically carry flight instrumentation: vertical speed, altimeter and propane gas level indicators. As ballooning can tolerate no more than ten knots of wind while inflating and ascending, it is usually limited to the early mornings when the air is cool and dense.

"The Great Greenwich Balloon Race" is entirely fictional. It just demonstates the beauty of ballooning.


Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

 

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