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

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Summertime in Stockholm

The weather here in Stockholm has been amazingly warm, it feels like the Mediterranean! This watercolour sketch was done while I was on my way home from work yesterday. I stopped in the city square called, Kungsträgården and painted the café-life I saw in front of me.

Kungsträgården café, 20140803

Monday, August 04, 2014

South Korean artist, Misulbu

I found some amazing watercolour portraits on this artist's website. Visit: misulbu.com

Watercolour by Misulbu

Watercolour by Misulbu

Watercolour by Misulbu

Watercolour by Misulbu
Watercolour by Misulbu
Watercolour by Misulbu

Watercolour by Misulbu



Friday, August 01, 2014

Back to basics

I have never learnt the basics of art, like composition and colour theory. I am studying them now though, I bought a bunch of books. It's a must if I am going to master this art thing! I've never used grids either until last week, it's very useful, I tend to elongate my faces when drawing portraits, the grid system helps stop this a lot. I'm still learning so much, even today, three years after starting to draw and paint again.

Elvis C.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More impressions from my balcony

Geranium impressions 20140720

Sketching in the archipelago ( 20140717 - 18 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140717 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140717 )
Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140718 )

Sketching in the archipelago ( 20140715 - 16 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140716 )

Sketching in the archipelago  ( 20140715 )

Watercolours in the Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )


Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )

Stockholm archipelago ( 20140714 )

Kayaking in the Stockholm archipelago ( 20140712 )

I spent ten wonderful days kayaking in the archipelago. No hot water to wash but plenty of opportunities to sketch and paint. It was a great holiday.

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Stockholm archipelago 20140712

Friday, July 04, 2014

Making progress ...

Something has clicked in my head. I changed paper and slowed down, I think about composition, colour and tone. I think I've just taken another step on the ladder to be coming a better watercolour painter, that makes me happy.

This watercolour must have been inspired by my visit last week to Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn in Dalarna.