Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy mother in law

My mother in law lives in a beautiful house only metres from the sea in Brittany,  north-west France.  It gives me great pleasure knowing that my painting of her home makes her so happy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last life drawing for 2014

These sketches were done at Konstnärshuset last Tuesday, 201412009

Five minute nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude

Five minute nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude
I could do some nudes at Basis here in Stockholm this Saturday but I just have to focus on the Christmas monster that I have been ignoring. Presents have to be bought and cards have to be sent, you know the drill. Looking forward to next year's life drawing already.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Two hour pose

Last Sunday I spent two hours painting this portrait of a male nude. I didn't quite capture the likeness very well but I'm happy with the end result anyway. The picture is about A3 in size and on Fabriano Rough 300g paper.


A lunch time watercolour

I was so busy last week, I didn't have a chance to take a photo of this until today. Actually there was 5 - 10 minutes sun here in Stockholm today! We have very flat, grey, overcast skies here most of November and December, difficult to copy ones art, depressing too.
Even though I'm busy at work I still try and do a watercolour each lunchtime, nothing last week but I should get a few done this coming week. Something to look forward to in this gloomy Nordic darkness. I used two photographs as reference.

Waterclour by David Meldrum
Stockholm archipelago. Fabriano GF 30.5 x 23 cm

Saturday's life drawing

Life drawing at Basis, Stockholm, 20141207

Finding it hard getting enthusiastic about my life drawing this week, I should take a break maybe. No, I'll carry on anyway, in the long run I know I'm improving with all this practice, one sketch at a time, one sketch at a time...





Tuesday's life drawing

Life drawing at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20141202

I was tired and found it hard to get into the groove. The model, who was young and pretty did not inspire me, no dynamics, she lacked energy in her posing. I can't blame her, it was I who was at fault, I just wasn't in the mood. Managed a few half decent sketches all the same.





Saturday, December 06, 2014

New sketch gallery page

I used to have a flickr page for my sketches but I suddenly couldn't login to the account any more. Frustrated and annoyed, I created a tumblr site instead. So if you'd like to see my latest sketches from my notebooks, visit here.

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20141125.

I had the same male model as a few weeks previous so I was quicker at picking up the curves and muscle tones etc. I feel pretty comfortable with my life drawing these days, its a nice feeling. Now all I got to do is get the same sensation while I watercolour!

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 Fabriano sketch paper

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude, A4  
Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, A4 

Male nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude, A4 

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.