The Yellow Duck is the first ever official "symbol hybrid" (although, arguably, there was a precursor to this - The 11 Mysterious Flying Eggs from 2004).
Yellow Duck, 16x20 acrylics on canvas, Silvia Hartmann 2005/2006
And a little fun - Yellow Duck in huge at a museum for modern art!
Alex's Yellow Duck - The Yellow Duck painting, acrylics on canvas, 16" x 20" by Silvia Hartmann 2005/6
Yes, it's a happy, happy yellow duck, happily paddling along on a blue pond, with a background of happy green vegetation!
It started out as a bit of a joke, with firstborn son Alex saying that I should paint things like ducks, that would be more popular than the very abstract symbol paintings, and a lot less disturbing at that.
"Why don't you paint something so people can know what it is?"
"Right," I said somewhere between grimly insulted and slightly amused.
"You shall have your duck ..."
I made the outline for the painting, and then the canvas with the outline simply vanished from the face of the Earth. How can you lose a canvas? I don't know. But it re-appeared some ten months later just as magically, and it happened to be April 1st.
How appropriate ...
So I finished the duck that very day, glazed it the next and actually, I really like it. It's cute and amusing. In fact, I have a certain level of resistance for Alex to come and take it away.
But I'm consoling myself with this web page and that in spirit, the duck will sail on :-)
Original posting from sh.com 2006
Yellow Duck by Silvia Hartmann - Vector Version