The Northern Hemisphere

The Northern Hemisphere

Oil on canvas, 1000 x 1000 mm
Phthalo Turqoise, Titanium White
January 2018

A new style and good fun. I am certain this one doesn’t work very well on the screen; you really need to see it in the wild due to its size. It’s quite a sight and we love it.

 

 

Naxos Triptich

From left to right:

Naxos in Anticipation
Naxos As We Found It
Plakos (What We Saw From Naxos)

Oil on coarse sack cloth, 500 x 200 mm approx.

These were painted before a 2017 trip to Naxos (“… in anticipation”), after our return when the colours of sky and sea were swapped (“… as we found it”), and what we actually saw from Naxos (Plakos, the neighbouring island, and the most beautiful sunsets).

These are quick paintings on coarse sack cloth. Held against a window or a light source, these are almost invisible see-through things which emerge as a painting only when viewed against a wall. I like that effect.

Saint Pierre et Paul Rosheim

Saint Pierre et Paul Rosheim

The humble sandstone is trickier than I thought, but here it is: the lovely 12th century church of Saint-Pierre-et-Paul in beautiful Rosheim, Alsace, France.

Detail view.

Oil on canvas, 900 x 600 mm.
August 2017

Pinch To Zoom And Rotate

Pinch To Zoom And Rotate

Oil on canvas, 900 x 600 mm
March 2017

Certainly not a masterpiece, but my best self-portrait so far.

That’s what happens when watching too much of Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of the Year competition on the telly and close-up during production in London’s most excellent Wallace Gallery.

Motif

motif

Motif

A mosaic made from colour pencil and lead pencil cuts, approximately 12 x 16″.

February 2012

The likeness isn’t great but the thing is such a mad labour of love that I still look at it often.

 

Leo

Leo

Oil on canvas, 300 x 500 mm

The fourth part of the Swan Lake Quadriptych.

The name is chosen as the best fit for the subject and in no reference to our neighbour by the same name.

 

Atlantis

Atlantis. Oil on canvas, 20×30″. November 2008. Copyright (C) 2008 Bernd Gauweiler

Atlantis

Oil on canvas, 20×30″, November 2008.

This painting’s story is a little long and windy. Allow me to explain:

Only 6 miles or so off the cost of Monterey, California, a great deal of whales travels past more or less all year. Grey Whales and Humpback Whales travel to Baja Mexico for mating. Orcas travel along for hunting, while some Orcas even became resident in Monterey bay, feeding on seals and the occasional whale calf.

Oh, and there are Blue Whales, too. A great number of them. They weren’t known to be traveling through that stretch or water until not long ago, or they changed their routes in the early eighties, but they now come along every mid summer. I haven’t had luck with spotting a Blue Whale myself yet, but I have been out watching for whales a couple of times. The Whale Watching company of choice has marine biologists on board, and they tell me how elusive those big animals are:

Scientists have tried tagging Blue Whales will all kinds of high-tech and low-tech gizmos and contraptions, yet have still to find out where the whales go, and where they mate.

I can’t help feeling smug about this. I don’t understand why we cannot accept not to understand something. Some things should just be left in peace and on their own devices.

Take, for example, the finding of an ancient tomb. Scientists will be hugely disappointed and frustrated to find that it has been opened and raided two centuries ago, and will be delighted if not – only then to proceed raiding the previously untouched tomb. All in the name of science of course.

So anyway, those biologists tell me that one could try to renegotiate international shipping routes, for example, if those were found crossing the Blue Whales’ routes or mating grounds. I don’t know. Since hunting stopped, the animals are recovering. I am sure they’d be most happy to be left in peace.

Not through scientific instruments, but by sheer contemplation, however, I have now successfully determined the location of the Blue Whale’s mating grounds: They go to that other place that we have so far failed to find.

Finally, here’s an 2017 epilogue to that tale. Scientists were wondering about a huge gathering of whales somewhere in the Southern Ocean. I think these were Humpback Whales, but the point is that scientists were unable to explain this gathering in previously unseen numbers. The most promising theory was that perhaps that’s what they do given that numbers are back to some level approaching normality.