In the Studio
March 9th, 2011
Akvile is starting a new series of paintings of Swedish Castles (or Svenska slott). Each painting will feature a Swedish manor house (most often those with particular historical significance) in the background with featured wildlife in the foreground. The first in the series features Ekenäs Slott, located in Östergötland, between Norrköping and Linköping. Ekenäs was first built in the 16th century and expanded at later dates. The foreground of Akvile's painting will feature a pair of pheasants. As a preview, the following thumbnail shows some early sketches. Stay tuned to follow the progress of the painting:
March 12th, 2011
Some progress to report on my latest wildlife painting. The rough sketches of the various components of my first painting in the Swedish Castles series, featuring Ekenäs Slott and a pair of pheasants have now been composed into a coherent unity. Ekanäs Slott stands dramatically on a rise in the background, its interesting roofline standing out against the sky (the day I was there getting reference photos, the lighting behind the broken clouds was atmospheric and I will try and capture the same feeling).
March 15th, 2011
This is a rather quickly taken photo of the painting and is a little dark, but shows that the painting is taking form. As it often is in reality, the male pheasant is easy to see and the female takes a little searching for (one might think she has a little more sense). I have battled a little with the sky, trying to get just the right lighting and effect.