This painting I created in 1992 – it currently hangs on the wall of our bathroom, so we look at it each day. It was on loan for a few years to a very special friend, I have never sold it though: this bird, as it glides over a wintry landscape, is very dear to me and hard to part from.
I created this oil painting in Basel, Switzerland in the eighties of the last century. You could regard it as one of my early works. It used to hang in the offices of the company Euroforum for a long time, but was then acquired by a private person in Austria.
I have lost track of it since – I wonder where it is now? A beautiful notion that my work wanders the world, viewed by thousands of people.
Like with all of my paintings, I have used the combination of oil paint and pigments plus sand for this one. I created it shortly after a visit to Egypt, and the colors I selected on the basis of colors that you often see there. The background (as you will notice) shows the structure of the canvas, as the paint was applied very superficially, as if it is the wall of an neglected building. The camel appears more like a silhouette, suggesting deformation of the image by hot desert air.
The motive of this painting comes from the Ile de Ré, a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean, in front of the French coast, very close to the town of La Rochelle. We have spent many beautiful summers there. The island is dominated by both the sea and the sky, both of which constantly change in color depending on the time of day and the ever changing climate conditions.
Sold – privately owned.
I have created several YouTube movies in which you can watch me painting. I didn’t add a voice-over, but some explaining text is in the description below the movies. And if you turn on the sound, you can hear me thinking, the birds singing in our garden and (for excitement ;) a distant firetruck.
You can find these videos on my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/squaaaaash.
The names of these videos are e.g.: “Painting in Progress. Part [xxx]”.
As the videos show, painting takes a lot of experimentation. It takes considerable time and thought to develop the backgrounds – some of these studies were actually later discarded.
In that same channel you can also hear me speak about the Corona Fundraiser.