Thursday, February 25, 2010

Front cover

The Whinchat is one of my favourite models - beautifully designed by Mother Evolution and always showing off in interesting poses. I was a bit unhappy about the dull background when I was done with this painting but Magnus Billqvist did the layout of the front cover in a way that makes the painting come out of its boundaries and talk to us. It has struck me many times that a painting's ability to communicate with the viewer depends a lot on how and where it is shown and not just on how it is painted.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Warty Newt

This is a male Warty Newt, also known by the name Great Crested Newt. It lives on land but breeds in ponds and pools in southern Scandinavia and Eastern, Central, and Western Europe. I made this illustration for a poster featuring protected species in the province of Småland.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Male pintails

I am still working on the identification plates to be published in the June 2010 issue of the ornithological magazine Anser. Here is how to tell a first-winter male from an older one: a bit smaller body, rounder head, shorter and duller beak, and shorter tertials often obscured by the shoulder feathers. In flight the duller wings are also worth noticing.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Roe doe

I will be spending the next two months painting 30-40 new pictures for the local zoo Skånes Djurpark. This gives me an opportunity to visit the zoo in winter - a lovely experience with snow, hopefully sunshine and all the animals in their beautiful winter furs.