Friday, August 28, 2015

Lunchtime watercolour

This was lunchtime watercolour was initially a failure. I made a mistake and I thought the painting was ruined. So I relaxed and played around with it, did things that I wouldn't normally do like scratch the surface. In the end I was quite happy wit the result. "One should never give up on a painting!", is the the moral of the story I guess.

Arches rough, 300g, 31 x 23 cm

Monday, August 24, 2015

Holiday in Paimpol, France.

I've just spent a lovely week in Brittany, France. This watercolour sketch was painted along the shoreline between Ploubazlanec and Paimpol,  Brittany,  France.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Musée d'Orsay

I visited the Musée d'Orsay in Paris yesterday. They say they have the best collection of impressionist work in the world and I can't disagree. All the big names are there. My favourite was Claude Monet, his sense of light and composition was just outstanding.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I lost my rubber

Yes, terrible stuff. I lost my favour kneadable-eraser today. Must have fallen off my knee while sketching at the train station. I like the Koh I Noor rubber so much I just ordered six on the internet. Funny how one gets attached to certain products.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Old Swedish Steamer

A watercolour of the Stockholm ferry called Västan, an old steamer from 1900 and still going strong.This was the first time I painted in this large a format of 70 x 50cm. It's kinda scary, because so much can go wrong. Thankfully I didn't make too many mistakes and I'm happy with the end result.

Old Swedish Streamer by David Meldrum
Västan 75 x 50 cm, Arches rough 300g.

Grid drawing

This is a portrait of Swedish trotting catch driver called Björn Goop. I used a grid to help me get the proportions correct. It was really easy to draw his likeness in this manner, it almost felt like cheating! ;)
Björn Goop by David Meldrum
Björn Goop grid

Björn Goop by David Meldrum
Björn Goop

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Impressions from the Stockholm archipelago

I just spent two weeks sailing here in Stockholm. The weather was not the best, I had to use mittens at one point while painting. There was a storm, lots of wind and rain but I still enjoyed myself anyway. It's hard to beat the beauty of the archipelago. I plan to spend more time painting there next year, I am looking forward to it already.

The Stockholm Archipelago by David Meldrum
The outer archipelago 39 x 29 cm Arches Rough
The Stockholm Archipelago by David Meldrum
The Stockholm Archipelago 39 x 29 cm Arches Rough

The Stockholm Archipelago by David Meldrum
The Stockholm Archipelago 39 x 29 cm Arches Rough

My outdoor kit for 2015

Assorted brushes and W&N watercolour paint 

Friday, July 17, 2015

More James Dean on my lunch break

I painted the same picture again. It's fun to play around with a simple motif and a small format, the watercolours are 8 x 11.5 cm on Arches rough, 300g.

Another waiting for a train sketch

This was sketched this week too.

Waiting for a train

A little sketch I did on the way to work this week. I wait at Söderstation in Stockholm for my local train most mornings. I'm quite happy to just miss the train because this gives me ten minutes to do a sketch. I then finish the drawing while aboard the train.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lunch break with James Dean

I wanted to practice my watercolour figures so I chose that rather famous picture of James Dean walking in the rain in New York. I completed these two paintings in half an hour. Speed helps me, I don't have time to think, when I think everything goes wrong. Each watercolour is 8 x 11,5 cm in size on Arches rough, 300g.

James Dean on a lunch break. 

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A model from 1925

I found a wonderful photo of a nude on the internet, to my surprise I found an original copy on Ebay. I plan to do a large watercolour once I receive the print. The original photo was taken by Heinrich Maass from Berlin and was featured in a book called "Nature & Culture", a collection of nudes of women from different cultures around the world. It was assembled by Dr. Peter Landow in 1924 & 1925.
used a Cretacolor Monolith 9B  for toning on A4 Fabriano Eco Artist paper.

Drawn from an original photo taken by Heinrich Maass, 1925