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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Practice, practice ...

I hadn't used it for a year, my Moleskin watercolour journal. I have several, this one is for practising my skin tones. I needed the practice, ...I always feel I need to practice.

Watercolour portrait by David Meldrum
Moleskin watercolour sketch, 13 x 20.5 cm

Lunchtime watercolour

I have been ill for a week and so I haven't been able to go to life drawing which I find tough on the soul, more painful than a sore throat even. But now I'm starting to feel better and so I can start painting and sketching again. :) Here is a watercolour I did last week just to get the wheels of art-production going again.

Lighthouse. Arches fine grain, 300g/m2 , 26 x 18 cm

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Lunchtime watercolours

Here are two watercolours that I did  during my lunch breaks earlier in the week. My daily routine is to eat my lunch (quickly) and then spend 40 minutes painting. I usually have two watercolours on the go at the same time so I don't have to hang around waiting for pigment to dry. I find it's a great way to learn, I have to be quick and so I don't fiddle around, I just apply the paint and see what happens. I'm having a 50/50 success rate at the moment. I really want to improve my technique so squeezing in some art-time during the working-day is uplifting, I find it so frustrating when I don't find space in my life for watercolour.

Archipelago sunset, 25 x 16 cm, Arches gf 300g/m2

Archipelago mist, 23 x 16 cm, Arches gf 300g/m2


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The nude arrives

Here are the sketches of the nude from Tuesday's life drawing.

10 minute sketch

10 minute sketch

2 minute nude.

5 minutes

5 minutes

Waiting for the model

Tuesday's model went to the wrong address so the organiser of the life drawing, Sissel took her place. We sketched her for half an hour until the intended model turned up. I didn't care, to be honest I think these sketches are more interesting than the nude drawings I did shortly afterwards. Judge yourself.

5 minute  sketch.

5 minute sketch, The Murder Scene.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Two lunchtime watercolours

I painted these during my lunch breaks last week. I want to master capturing the affects of water and sky. I improve each time I make an attempt,  ... just gotta keep trying I guess!

watercolour by david meldrum
Sailing in Stockholm

watercolour by david meldrum
Sailing in the light


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Smudging my lines

I bought two sticks of Derwent XL Charcoal ( Ochre 01 and Sanguine 02 ). They are small and chubby so I don't know why they call them, XL! But, this is not important - what is important is that I am having lots of fun smudging grated charcoal powder all over my pencil sketches. I used some grated red pastel and black charcoal also in the mix of things. All drawings are on Fabriano A4.

7 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

10 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

2 minute nude

2 minute nude

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday's life drawing

It was a full-house at Konstnärshuset, I arrived five minutes before the start and there were no seats left. Thankfully, I had my light-weight tripod with me and had no problems standing at the back of the large room. There must have been fifty sketchers that evening. There was a large distance between the model and my failing eyes, I couldn't see small details but when I think about it, maybe that was a good thing.

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude. Fabriano A4

Nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude. Fabriano A4

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude. Fabriano A4



Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday's life drawing at Basis

Still playing around with charcoal and pastels...

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude, A4 Fabriano
Nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude, A4 Fabriano
Nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude, A4 Fabriano
Nude by David Meldrum
15 minute nude, A3 Fabriano
Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude, A3 Fabriano

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