Couple Under Swans Lake Pavilion
This commissioned portrait was done in several painting sessions on a 50 x 30 cm wood panel. The starting point was a contrasty low res digital photo from a couple posing under a pavilion in the middle of a small lake in the city park of Liepaja, Latvia. I choose a new image section and equalized some parts in the background, especially the pavilion architecture to correct aberrant lines. Then I started to block in the basic shapes and build up a more and more refined picture. Finally I was focusing on the figures and the faces.
It's important that the protagonists will be recognized by the beholder. The important thing in this kind of works is to create something special for my clients actually mostly friends and relatives, but even to improve my overall painting skills for the future projects.