Friday, July 04, 2014

Making progress ...

Something has clicked in my head. I changed paper and slowed down, I think about composition, colour and tone. I think I've just taken another step on the ladder to be coming a better watercolour painter, that makes me happy.

This watercolour must have been inspired by my visit last week to Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn in Dalarna.


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Portrait by Liu Yi

I want to be this good! 

Frustrations of a student of watercolour and art.

I admire Liu Yi's approach to his ballet dancers and portraits, his hard and soft edges, no pencilling. I hope to reach his level some day. I'm certainly going to give it a try.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A change of pace

I've been painting full-time all week, I'm making lots of progress at least I think so. I've decided to slow down, I paint and draw at a very fast pace so slowing down is hard. I have changed paper too, for this portrait I used, Fabriano Artistico, Satin, 300 g/m. It works really well when blending skin tones. I consider this painting to be stiff but rewarding all the same.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Portrait

I have been working on four watercolours today. Here is one, it's not perfect by any means but I like it anyway. I will be at the studio every day this week, I just love holidays.  :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sketches on the road.

I had a brilliantly inspiring trip last week visiting my Swedish artist heroes. Zorn being the cherry on the cake.  Here are two sketches I did while touring. The one on the right was only five minutes from home. My wife shopped for food and I stayed guarding the car.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lars Lerin visit

I travelled 300 kilometres south today to visit Lars Lerin's museum in Karlstad.  I'm glad we made the trip, it was impressive to see his work for real. He doesn't seem to care what others think, he just does his thing. I like that.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Inspired by Zorn

I have been traveling around Dalarna, Sweden which is the home of many famous Swedish artists. The other day we visited Carl Larsson's home and today we visted Anders Zorn's house and Museum in Mora. I am totally inspired by Zorn's work, especially his watercolours. The tour of his home was also a wow - sensation.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Self-portrait

I don't recognize myself but others do ...



I recognize myself but others do not.

I was using a mirror for my self-portrait. I discovered that no one I showed it to recognized me. They do not see a mirror image of course. I never thought about it until now, if I ever hang this painting on a wall, it will have to be close to a mirror!


Painting in the studio

Here you can see the original painting in progress, little did I know at that point that the portrait was flipped and therefore not me.


Couple watercolour sketch

I was just playing around here with Fabriano paper. It behaves differently compared to Arches.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Bacon

I could not let it go, I had to have another try. This was a quick sketch were I focused on the shapes of the face and not the details.

Francis Bacon by David Meldrum
Francis Bacon

Monday, June 16, 2014

Becoming an Impressionist

I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.

... It is so hard to change old habits. I have a graphical background so I put an outline on everything I draw. I am trying to change, the flower painting here is an exercise in trying to loosen up. I'm happy with the result.

Flowers on the balcony. Saunders-Waterford, Satin, 300g/m, 23 x 31 cm.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Not a very crispy Bacon

I scrubbed so much at this portrait, so it lacks magic, when will I ever learn, let the watercolour to do the work! Frustrating, but at the same time I learned a lot. Trying to do as many portraits as I can right now, I'm missing something, they are not like their owners. I hope by doing many, something will click and a light bulb will turn on.

Francis Bacon 23 x 30,5 cm, Fabriano fine grain - cold pressed 300g

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Self Portrait

This reminded me that I have a lot to learn. It's too fresh for me to be critical of it. I'm working on a new self portrait already for tomorrow, it feels better but I haven't started to paint yet, that's the true test.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A portrait a day ...

I'm trying to do one portrait a day right now. I like setting impossible goals. Let's see how many days I manage. This one is of Elvis Costello, I didn't get his eyes right, I don't mind, it's only practice after all. It's more fun when drawings don't become precious.

Elvis Costello

Monday, June 02, 2014

Portrait practice

Not much to say about this portrait really, a beautiful face that I found while surfing the internet which in turn compelled me to draw. So I say thank you to however you are, you are an inspiration.

Portrait of a young woman by David Meldrum
A4 Portrait.