Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday's Life Drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20150120

Ups and downs, that's the way my abilities go when capturing a model's pose.

I've had this model several times before, I've always struggled to catch her beauty and elegant ballerina posturing. It's strange because she is quite pretty. I guess it's like dating, sometimes there's magic and on other occasions there is nothing at all. Does that make sense?

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Two minute nude

Two - three minute nude


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lunchtime watercolour

White horse by David Meldrum
White horse. 11.5 x 7.8 cm Fabriano GF 300g
I must admit, I need a break from sailing boats, I love sailing and the Stockholm archipelago but I have to resist it for a while. I decided to paint a horse yesterday instead, I build horse-sport websites during the day so it feels kinda natural to paint them too. It is a small painting, 11.5 x 7.8 cm. Keeping it little means less surface to paint and so practical for lunch break watercolour painting. I see improvement in my technique, painting and drawing as much as I can really pays, which feel really nice.
This week I have painted every morning for an hour before going to work, I paint at lunchtime, I have Life Drawing twice and figure painting once during the seven days.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lunchtime watercolour

I started this lunchtime watercolour last week, I didn't finish it during my break so I spent one more hour on the painting yesterday morning. I am testing to see if I can cope with getting up one hour earlier at the moment. I started yesterday so it's early days. I'm too tired in the evenings after a full-day's work to feel inspired to paint, getting up earlier feels better, it's tough but better, if you know what I mean. It's not easy being an artist but it's very rewarding!

Storm clouds
Storm clouds. A5 Fabriano GF 300g


Sunday, January 18, 2015

First life drawings of 2015

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20150113.

It was nice to start life drawing again. I felt a bit rusty. The model, who is very good, made endless difficult poses for us. After a while I started to relax and enjoy myself. I used charcoal dust, my hero calligraphy pen and my trusty 0.7 Pentel mechanical pencil with 2b lead.

Nude by David Meldrum
10 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
3 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
10 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude.

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minute nude.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Lunchtime watercolour

This watercolour of a Stockholm tram took me two lunchtimes. I struggled with the background, I should have done a tonal sketch first, unfortunately I do not have time to be that professional. I prefer quantity to quality at the moment anyway, it's more important for me to just paint as often as I possibly can and learn. The masterpieces will come later, I hope.

Watercolour by David Meldrum
Tram Nr.7 to Skansen, Stockholm. 20150113. Fabriano FG 300g 17 x 22 cm


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lunch Bunny

Winter Bunny 20150109. Fabriano FG 300g 17 x 22 cm
My lunchtime watercolours have to be simple in composition in order for me to complete a painting in 30 - 45 minutes. I choose sailing boats and water scenes partly for this reason and partly, well, I just like sailing. Some friends asked recently, "Do you do anything besides sailing boats?" so this is for them, a winter bunny. It's kinda a cute, isn't it!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Back to work

The Archipelago. A5 Fabriano GF 300g 


Christmas is definitely over, yesterday was my first day back at work. I painted this small A5 watercolour during my lunch break,  I wasn't concerned about creating a masterpiece,  I just wanted to get back into the routine of painting during lunchtimes again.

Artist - Prashant Prabhu

Watercolour by Prashant Prabhu
Watercolour by Prashant Prabhu
I discovered this Indian watercolour artist from Mumbai, his name is Prashant Prabhu. I find his stylised landscapes very inspiring. He doesn't enter watercolour competitions and so I guess this is why I've never heard of him before. Visit his website here.





Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Stockholm Urban Sketchers

I met up today with the Stockholm Urban Sketchers. As usual we had lot of fun. This watercolour sketch was painted at the Central Station, my favourite warm place to sketch during the Swedish winters.

Sketching at Central Station

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two lunchtime watercolours from December

I had a great Christmas with my family and friends, unfortunately I still haven't mastered handling the stress of everything that has to be done before the holidays. It's one of the busiest times of the year for me work-wise. If I was clever I'd buy all the presents and write all the Christmas cards the month before, but I'm not that smart.
So, I did not paint as much as I'd have liked in December but still my lunchtime watercolour effort is helping me produce more work than ever before. The more I paint, the better I become which of course feels good. Next year, I will paint more often and I'll paint larger formats too. One of my sons is studying abroad in the New Year so now I have a studio space at home until he comes back in the summer. I guess it won't be long before he flies the nest completely, sad, but I gain a studio.

Happy New Year! :)

Watercolour of sailing boat by David Meldrum
Lunchtime watercolour 20141209. Fabriano rough, 300g, 23 x 30.5cm

Watercolour of sailing boat by David Meldrum
Lunchtime watercolour 20141218. Fabriano rough, 300g, 30.5 x 23cm



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...