Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Imperfect portrait

I look at my portrait of Anders Zorn and wish I spent more time trying to capture his likeness. At the same time I am happy with the painting. I completed it during two of my lunch breaks. The clock was against me, it wasn't perfect from the start but I pushed on regardless, my goal was to paint and learn, which I did.

Life drawing has thought me not to get hung up on details, just draw and never pause for thought until the bell goes pling! Some day I will have time to paint and I hope by then I'll have mastered watercolouring enough to excel at it. Until then, I practice. Time permitting.

Anders Zorn by David Meldrum
Anders Zorn

Friday, April 17, 2015

Little lunchtime watercolour

This was my first lunchtime watercolour for a few weeks, feels good to be back doing it.

Stockholm ferry. Arches rough 300g, 11,5 x 7,8 cm

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20150414

It felt good to be figure drawing again after a two week break. I feel frustrated these days, I just don't have enough time for my art. I am working on it, trying to free up more time in the future. I buy lots of gadgets to improve my art, the latest being Ken Bromley's paper stretchers, it's an expensive hobby if you let it be so. I wish time was as easy to buy!

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
5 minute + figure drawing

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
5 minute figure drawing

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
5 minute figure drawing

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
2 minute figure drawing

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alexandra Becker-Black

I stumbled over this site this morning while on Facebook. Alexandra Becker-Black is a watercolour artist who does very good figurative work. Visit her website here.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20150331

It wasn't one of my better life drawing sessions. I was feeling worn-out. Working, painting and drawing all the time, I needed a break so I did just that.
... Now I'm back and today I finished a large watercolour, it wasn't a total success but I learned a lot working in large format ( full imperial ). At my next figure drawing session I plan to draw less pencil outlines. I want to smudge charcoal dust around the outline of the figure to give a softer more natural look. Also, it was pointed out to me that the eyes I draw are too stylised, a line and a dot basically. I will try and change this over time.

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Two minute nude


Watercolour practice.

Monday, 30th of March, 2015
I didn't know what to paint during my lunch hour, I only had a half an hour. I decided to do a bit of cloud practice.

Clouds. Fabriani HP, 24 x 18cm 20150330

A visit to the museum

A visit to the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. 20150319

I was with the Stockholm Urban Sketchers last Sunday, we spent half a day having fun sketching all the stuffed animals. It's kind of morbid but at least they don't move when you're trying to draw them. I really enjoyed it, I'll be going back there again soon.

Moleskin watercolour sketchbook 21 x 19cm

Moleskin watercolour sketchbook 21 x 19cm

Fabriano A5 sketchbook


Friday, March 27, 2015

Wednesday's lunchtime painting

I could have been more subtle with the highlights but it was in my lunchtime rush. 45 minutes and done. :)

Lighthouse 17 x 12 cm, Fabriano HP 300g 20150325

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm 20150324

I used A3 paper instead of my normal A4 Fabriano, I was surprised by how much easier it was to draw curved lines. The only negative was that I could not use my scanner and had to photograph instead. Besides the latter, I really enjoyed sketching the model, she was great.

5 minute sketch

5 - 10 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

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5 minute sketch

5 minute sketch

Lunchtime watercolour

A little seascape completed during my lunch break.
Size: 14 x 9 cm på Fabriano HP 300g papper.
20150323

Seascape

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.

I had a good evening last Tuesday. I maintained a high level (says he) for the whole session which rarely happens, if ever. ( Click on one of the images to see a larger version.)

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Five minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Five minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Five minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My first exhibition

I was delighted to have one of my paintings accepted  for the annual watercolour exhibition at Väsby Konsthall, an art gallery that's a short distance from Stockholm. This is my first time so it was a trill to be at the opening yesterday. One painting may be a modest start but for me it is a very important step in my development as an artist.

Yours truly ...
Väsby Konsthall
Väsby Konsthall

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20150310

A new model this week, at least I don't think I've drawn her before. She had a Egon Schiele type of body, skinny, long fingers and big hands with an unusual face. I really enjoyed sketching her, I hope I get to draw her again soon. It takes a few hours grind to get used to the contours of a new model.

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Five minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Five minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Five minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Five minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Two minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Two minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20150310
Two minute nude



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A lunchtime watercolour

I was quite happy with this watercolour. I finished it within half an hour during my lunch break. I used two photographs as reference, one for subject and the other for lighting. It is very small at 7,8 x 11,5 cm. I used masking fluid for the lighthouse and reflection. I painted 3 layers and used my mini-hair dryer each time. Wish I could be this productive every lunchtime.

Watercolour by David Meldrum
30 minute watercolour. 7,8 x 11,5 cm.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Saturday's life drawing

Venue: Basis, Stockholm, 20150307

I love the social aspect of going to Saturday life drawing at Basis. The people there are so warm and friendly. It's a shame the lighting in the room is so bad, directional light is almost none existent. It gets better in the spring when natural light replaces the cold and cruel florescent tubes. I try not to let it affect me, this week I focused on line and detail - the shading was secondary. My bad period seems to be lifting, I feel more in harmony with my drawing. Grumpy artist, nothing worse.

10 minute nude, A4

10 minute nude

10 minute nude

2 minute nude

10 minute nude