Portrait

I have been working on four watercolours today. Here is one, it’s not perfect by any means but I like it anyway. I will be at the studio every day this week, I just love holidays.  ūüôā

Sketches on the road.

I had a brilliantly inspiring trip last week visiting my Swedish artist heroes. Zorn being the cherry on the cake.  Here are two sketches I did while touring. The one on the right was only five minutes from home. My wife shopped for food and I stayed guarding the car.

Lars Lerin visit

I travelled 300 kilometres south today to visit Lars Lerin’s museum in Karlstad.  I’m glad we made the trip, it was impressive to see his work for real. He doesn’t seem to care what others think, he just does his thing. I like that.

Inspired by Zorn

I have been traveling around Dalarna, Sweden which is the home of many famous Swedish artists. The other day we visited Carl Larsson’s home and today we visted Anders Zorn’s house and Museum in Mora. I am totally inspired by Zorn’s work, especially his watercolours. The tour of his home was also a wow – sensation.

Self-portrait

I don’t recognize myself but others do …


I recognize myself but others do not.

I was using a mirror for my self-portrait. I discovered that no one I showed it to recognized me. They do not see a mirror image of course. I never thought about it until now, if I ever hang this painting on a wall, it will have to be close to a mirror!


Painting in the studio

Here you can see the original painting in progress, little did I know at that point that the portrait was flipped and therefore not me.


Couple watercolour sketch

I was just playing around here with Fabriano paper. It behaves differently compared to Arches.

More Bacon

I could not let it go, I had to have another try. This was a quick sketch were I focused on the shapes of the face and not the details.

Francis Bacon by David Meldrum
Francis Bacon

Becoming an Impressionist

I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.
I will not be graphic in my execution, I will be an impressionist.

… It is so hard to change old habits. I have a graphical background so I put an outline on everything I draw. I am trying to change, the flower painting here is an exercise in trying to loosen up. I’m happy with the result.

Flowers on the balcony. Saunders-Waterford, Satin, 300g/m, 23 x 31 cm.

Not a very crispy Bacon

I scrubbed so much at this portrait, so it lacks magic, when will I ever learn, let the watercolour to do the work! Frustrating, but at the same time I learned a lot. Trying to do as many portraits as I can right now, I’m missing something, they are not like their owners. I hope by doing many, something will click and a light bulb will turn on.

Francis Bacon 23 x 30,5 cm, Fabriano fine grain – cold pressed 300g