Vacation painting

I had planned to paint more but we travelled over 1000 kilometres in 5 days between Bergen and Trondheim, Norway. It was a wonderful holiday, such a beautiful country. Next trip, I will travel every second day only so that I have more time to paint.

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Extremely good morphing of female portraits through the ages …

More flowers

I am really happy with the top half of this watercolour, the bottom was difficult though, I had to correct my mistakes often. I’m not experienced at painting flowers, heck, I’m not experienced with watercolouring full-stop. I like the challenge though, trying new things, like cars, I’m not interested in speedy auto mobiles but I did enjoy trying to draw them, they where difficult, just like these flowers. Practice and learn, practice and learn…. 🙂

Watercolour flowers by David Meldrum
Watercolour flowers 19 x 28cm

International watercolor society art contest 2013

Sketching classic cars

Today I travelled from Söder in Stockholm on a 1938 Scania – Vabis nicknamed the “Bulldog”. Our destination was the “Gärdesloppet”, a large gathering of old vehicles held once a year. I had a fun day, I’m not mad about cars but I enjoyed seeing grown men’s faces light up with joy at the sight of an over-powdered American Cadillac. I spent a lot of time on the “Bulldog” touring around town on a beautiful sunny day.

Sketch by David Meldrum
A4 pencil sketch

Sketch by David Meldrum
A5 pencil sketch

Sketch by David Meldrum
A5 pencil sketch

Japanese Flowers

I like painting flowers, after nudes I think painting flowers is my favourite. My preferences change like the wind though, next week it might be cows!

Japanese Flowers by David Meldrum
Japanese Flowers 23 x 30cm / 9 x 12″.  20140510

Portraits are hard to do

This is my second attempt at capturing Egon Schiele’s likeness. I knew shortly after starting that it would not be like him but I continued anyway practising my pencil shading. You may notice that my pencil technique changed a little if you compare the top of the illustration with the bottom. That’s because I watched a YouTube demonstration video on how to shade half way through the portrait (see below).

Egon Schiele – not!

Summer time …

The summer break has arrived and sadly I won’t be life drawing at Basis again until after the summer break  – something in September. Feels such a long time away. I am pleased with my efforts from this session, I try hard now to be positive and not let negative thoughts distract me from producing good work. I think my colour toning has improved a lot recently, I’m happy with that. Now I wait until Tuesday to sketch but wait, I might have to choose painting at my new studio instead. What ever I do, there will be sketches and paintings being published on this blog all throughout the summer months 🙂

Ten minute watercolour nude

Two minute nude

Ten minute watercolour nude

Five minute watercolour sketch on drawing paper

Ten minute watercolour

Two minute nude

Tuesday’s Life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20140506

The summer is coming and there are only a few more weeks of life drawing before the break. I am happy with my personal development so far this year, I feel that I’m improving each time I draw and my watercolours have also improved.
Today I received the keys to the studio that I will be renting during the summer months. I am really excited about it, I installed my furniture this evening, feels kinda strange to have a studio, soon I’ll be calling myself an artist!

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute sketch and watercolour

Nude by David Meldrum
Two minute sketch

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour

Sketch by David Meldrum
Two minute sketch