When I was little my grandparents were fascinated by the warm beaches of Los Angeles, with fishermen on the piers, and flocks of gulls and pelicans everywhere. They painted the people especially, the exotic African-Americans and Hispanics that they had only ever heard about in Germany. My parents drove them to the beach almost every weekend in summer. I'm pretty sure this oil is from my grandfather, Martin Ideler. It would have been painted between 1961 and 1967.
Recently, a friend sent me an image of pelicans in Dakar, Senegal. I loved the image but am still struggling with how to paint it, or even what I want to say with it. Perhaps my usual message about the ephemeral nature of time, and even of species? Is that even possible in a painting of a couple of pelicans?
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