Sunday, November 23, 2014

Some lunchtime watercolours

Here are some of my recent lunchtime watercolours. 30 - 45 minutes and they're done. It feels good to produce work each day, maybe it could be better if I had more time, but maybe not, having time is no guarantee of success. Life's funny that way.


Watercolour by David Meldrum
Fabriano rough grain 300g,  23 x 30.5 cm

Watercolour by David Meldrum
Arches rough grain 300g,  23 x 30.5 cm

Watercolour by David Meldrum
Fabriano rough grain 300g,  23 x 30.5 cm

Watercolour by David Meldrum
Fabriano rough grain 300g,  23 x 30.5 cm

Watercolour by David Meldrum
Arches rough grain 300g,  23 x 30.5 cm




Tuesday's life drawing.

Life drawing at, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20141115

I'm struggling to publish my work at the moment, too busy having fun for the most part. I shouldn't complain and I won't.

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Two minute nude

Five minute nude

Two minute nude

Friday, November 21, 2014

Low key lunchtimes

As I've mentioned before, I work as a Web Designer and therefore find it hard to find time for my watercolours. I try my best to paint each lunchtime, it's not a bad time format, 30 - 45 minutes means I have to keep it simple. I tend to produce my best work when I have limited time to complete it.

I am able to raise my desk to a comfortable standing position, my two computer screens hide my easel nicely from passing workmates, the light on the left is a daylight lamp, on the right I have a paper cup for water, a sponge, Winsor &Newton whole pans and travel brushes. I don't advertise to my workmates what I do during my lunchtime (but I do use a hair dryer!), of course anything that is a little odd in an office is news and therefore knowledge of my activities has surely spread.

My lunchtime-workstation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Short visit to life drawing

I had to leave early from last Saturday's life drawing at Basis here in Stockholm. It wasn't all bad news though, I left to visit an amateur classical music event and sketched there instead! I'll publish some of them at a late date.

Two minute nude, "Action Björn".

Life drawing last Tuesday

I haven't been able to post on my blog for a while because of workloads and colds etc. I have also been painting and drawing more than usual, but this is a good excuse not to post on one's blog! Hopefully in the next couple of days I will publish the backlog of work that has accumulated.

These life drawings were done at, "Konstnärshuset" Stockholm 20141111.

Ten minute nude

Ten minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude 

Two minute nude 

Two minute nude 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mastering the sea and the sky

I paint almost everyday and it's mostly the sea and the sky at the momnet. Each time I paint, I feel just a little more confident, and that is a very satisfying feeling indeed.

Cruising in the archipelago by David Meldrum
Cruising in the archipelago

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Friday's lunchtime watercolour

It was a productive week, I managed to paint a watercolour each lunchtime for a whole week. It feels real good to have achieved this. I learn something new each time, which means I am learning at quite a pace.
I  spent thirty minutes painting Friday's effort and I  later spent ten minutes adding highlights and darks at home during the weekend.

Archipelago by David Meldrum
Archipelago, Arches 300g, 31 x 23cm.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Thursday's lunchtime watercolour

I spent thirty to forty five minutes on this during my lunch break. I added some highlights and darks when I came home from work.

Morning mist by David Meldrum
Lunchtime watercolour, Arches 300g, 31 x 23cm.

Wednesday's lunchtime watercolour

It's not often that I am happy with my work but this one was an exception.

Time for thought by David Meldrum
Lunchtime watercolour, Arches 300g 21 x 31cm

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tuesday's lunchtime watercolour

Yeap, still practising my water and sky skills. This was painted on Arches rough 300g, I think it is becoming my favourite paper.

Sunset in the archipelago by David Meldrum
Sunset in the archipelago
 

Monday's lunchtime watercolour

Thirty to forty five minutes is all I got during the working day. Each lunchtime I try to improve as a watercolour artist. I'm focused on improving my sky and water skills these days.

Ice skating in the archipelago by David Meldrum
Ice skating in the archipelago.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

View from the Slieve Donard Hotel

I spent a week in Northern Ireland last week visiiting my family. During the stay we drove to Newcastle and spent two wonderful evenings in the Slieve Donard Hotel. I had an amazing view of the Mourne Mountains from my window which compelled me to do a quick sketch.

View from the Slieve Donard Hotel by David Meldrum
View from the Slieve Donard Hotel

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lunchtime dreamer

I paint whenever I get the chance, the autumn being a very busy period means those moments are few, So I squeeze watercolour painting into my lunch breaks, I heat up my food, eat in front of the computer and then spend half an hour practising. It's not a very social habit but what to do? Wish I had more time to paint, I dream of creating masterpieces...

Archipelago in  a lunch break by David Meldrum
Archipelago in a lunch break.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sometimes it's hard to get into the groove

I struggled last Tuesday. I was still recovering from my illness so I felt tired. I discovered that I need to be really alert when figure drawing, the brain must make thousands of calculations every minute one is sketching. Still, I find it important to just keep going even if the mental hill is steep.

5 minute A3 Fabiano sketch paper

5 minute A3 Fabiano sketch paper

5 minute A3 Fabiano sketch paper

5 minute A3 Fabiano sketch paper

5 minute A3 Fabiano sketch paper