Wildlife Paintings
Akvile Lawrence


In the Studio

March 20th, 2011

In the second wildlife painting in the series Swedish castles and manor houses, Akvile is painting Finspångs Slott (Finspång's Manor House), a grand house commissioned by the industrialist Louis De Geer in 1668. The house is pictured in modern times, just as the ice is breaking up in the Spring. With open water on the river running in front of the house, the ducks are back, waiting for the imminent tourist season. As a preview, the following thumbnail shows some early sketches. Stay tuned to follow the progress of the painting:

March 25th, 2011

I finally ended my piles of sketching that I call "mallard duck obsession" and started blocking in some backround... The day is so far grey and rather indifferent, however the action in the Finspång slott park and the energetic chitchats of the ducks made it very lively indeed...

March 27th, 2011

Now it is time to add the ducks, or at least the beginnings of the ducks. On the day that we visited there were quite a few ducks on the river (and all were rather interested in passers-by). An interesting question is, how many ducks appear in the painting? - but perhaps this image is a little too small to see properly...