Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brig Tre Kronor

I enjoyed painting this, it was a real challenge. I darkened the sky and sea to make the boat stand out. I did this a day after I had ennitinally finished. It's important to stand back a little and let some time go by before one finally decides that the painting is complete. 

Brig Tre Kronor
"Four gentlemen with a passion for beauty, navigation and sailing vessels launched the Stockholm Brig project in 1993. The first drawings were presented in 1994, and in 1997 the Brig’s keel was laid on Skeppsholmen, Stockholm." Read more about this beautiful boat here.


Brig Tre Kronor by David Meldrum
Brig Tre Kronor. Arches gf 300 g/m2, 36 x 26 cm.

Lunchtime Reflection

Painted during two lunch breaks last week. I am focused on improving my water impressions. One would think it's easy because I'm working with watercolour, - not!

Reflection, Arches gf 300 g/m2 27 x 26 cm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lunchtime watercolour

I managed to squeeze a watercolour into my lunch break last Monday. It took 30 minutes,  I am pretty happy with the result considering the time-window. I used Fabriano Artisico GF, 300g/m2 and it's 14 x 20 cm in size.

View from Stadshuset (The Town Hall) 14 x 20 cm

Tuesday's life drawing

It was the first evening at Konstnärshuset (The Artist''s House), it felt good to be back after the summer break. I'm still playing around with pastels and charcoal. All sketches were on A4 Fabriano sketch paper.

Nude by David Meldrum
10 minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First life drawing after the summer break

It felt real good to be back life drawing again. I chose not to watercolour, instead I used pencil, pastel and charcoal. I was able to cover a lot of paper in a very short space of time with these materials. Very satisfying and lots fun, I smudged a lot with my fingers. All drawings are on Fabriano A4 sketch paper.

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minute nude. (Please click image to open slide presentation)

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
15 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
15 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Horse weekend

As a web designer, I help promote everything to do with horse betting and horse culture here in Sweden. My office is right next to the national trotting track (Solvalla) and so I see horses every day. It struck me a while back that they are just as interesting to study and draw as humans, such elegant creatures. I  dedicated this weekend to drawing and painting them, to see if I could be as good as Joseph Zbukvic! No chance, I have a number of apprentice years left I'm afraid. I had fun doing them though, the weekend just zipped by. For all three paintings I used photos as reference care of Kanal 75.

Horse watercolour by David Meldrum
"Spring", Fabriano Artistico gf 300g/m2 38 x 28 cm.  

Horse watercolour by David Meldrum
"Mountain air", Arches rough 300g/m2 28 x 38 cm. 

Horse watercolour by David Meldrum
"Speed", Arches rough 300g/m2 38 x 28 cm. 

Weekend painter

I've been enjoying myself this weekend. Non-stop watercolouring for two days, heaven! I have chosen horses as my theme for painting. It's a lot of fun, I'll publish some of them later today.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

A late night doodle

It was our turn to guard the boats at the sailing club last week. It was an all night thing, one just had to drink pints of coffee, chew endless amounts of candy and draw a little to pass the time.

A sketch of an image from the internet



Monday, September 01, 2014

Watercolour postcards

Italian watercolour paper company, Fabriano have a block of ready made postcards to paint and send to your nearest and dearest. Here are two I painted last week, one to my mother in law, thanking her for my present, a shirt and the flowers I sent to my mother, lots of plus-points received.

Watercolour postcards by David Meldrum
Watercolour postcards
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

North of Finnhamn, Stockholm Archipeligo

I completed this watercolour tonight. I used an "eye of the storm" photo I took during my kayak trip as a reference. The boat came from a postcard that I have on my wall, close to my desk.

North of Finnhamn. Fabriano Artistico GF, 300g/m2. 38 x 28cm

Monday, August 25, 2014

The island of Kökar, Åland

A little A5 watercolour from my holiday on Kökar, Åland which is located west of Finland.

Kökar, Åland - A5 Fabriano Artistico GF 300g/m2

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Roses are red...

Roses are red...

... and my face was even redder trying to capture the beauty of this flower.

Brittany Rose by David Meldrum
Brittany Rose

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Daring to be bad

Like most people I find losing control uncomfortable. In order to re-school myself I feel the need to let go and see what happens. I think the result of this letting go can be exciting but not always pretty. A few years ago I would never have painted like this, messy, sloppy and careless. I find the process of personal - development so interesting.

Stockholm Town Hall by David Meldrum
Stockholm Town Hall - A4ish Arches Rough 300g/m2

Stockholm Town Hall by David Meldrum
Stockholm Town Hall - A4ish Arches Rough 300g/m2

Friday, August 08, 2014

I don't always succeed ..

I returned to Kungsträgården, the park in central Stockholm to paint a café scene one more time. I was less successful than the previous attempt and I know why. The main figure is too much in the centre of the composition and the brush strokes feel hesitant. I understand my failings these days, so at least that is a step in a forward direction.

Kungsträgården 20140805