Troels Kirk

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

My In­spi­ra­tion

Some­times you need to re­turn to the source…i have lived in Nor­way, France and now Swe­den, but my roots are in Den­mark. The for­mer royal hunt­ing grounds north of Copen­hagen ig­nited my pas­sion for na­ture at a very early age. The rolling hills, grass plains with deer, and the an­cient oak trees soon be­came the sub­ject for some of my first sketches and paint­ings. More than five decades later, this ba­sic pas­sion still drives my art, mostly paint­ing land­scapes and wildlife. And from time to time I re­turn to this won­der­ful area with my sketchbook and cam­era, and im­me­di­ately feel at home, safe, con­tent and in­spired. This is where it all be­gan.

My De­sign Strat­egy

I wanted to con­vey the feel­ing of shar­ing the quiet safety of the shade un­der this gi­ant oak with a rest­ing fal­low deer, and the ex­plo­sion of late sum­mer sun­light sur­round­ing the tree. Us­ing sev­eral plein air sketches and my own ref­er­ence pho­tos, I com­posed the scene in a fi­nal study sketch, care­fully plac­ing the fallen branches, spots of sun­light, shad­ows, grass tufts and fallen branches to frame the huge trunk, con­nect tree and deer, and pro­vide paths for the eye. A highly lit back­ground scene was de­signed to pro­vide max­i­mum con­trast to the tree. Of­ten seen rest­ing un­der the trees, the fal­low buck was in­cluded to il­lus­trate the scale of the cen­turies old oak.

My Work­ing Process

The stretched linen can­vas re­ceived a light nickel ti­ta­nium yel­low wash all over, fol­lowed by a bluish-grey sky wash. When dry, I built up the land­scape be­gin­ning at the back­ground, in­creas­ing con­trast and de­tail level to­ward the front. A se­ries of light yel­low glazes over the back­ground trees cre­ated hazy depth. The trunk and branches were painted in var­i­ous earth tones, blues and pinks, adding bark de­tails be­fore scum­bling in Van Dyck brown to round and shape the forms. The fo­liage and grass were painted with the same range of col­ors, be­gin­ning with the warm lights and end­ing with the cool darks. Fi­nally the fore­ground straws were care­fully placed to break up the shad­ows.

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Skåne, Swe­den, Oak and Fal­low Deer, acrylic, 100 x 150 cm (39 x 59")

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