I am slowly getting used to filming myself as I paint watercolours!
Yes, I have ambitions to vlog on YouTube, a little about me and a lot about painting watercolour. There are a few barriers to navigate, one is filming myself, that feels so weird and the other obstacle is the amount of new stuff I have to learn like video editing and how to use a Go Pro.
I’m getting there, I had hoped to be on YouTube already but one has to learn to walk before one can run as they say. “Coming soon!”, I can also say that.
My first week as full-time artist was spent swimming in the deep end of video production. I plan to have a regular vlog on Youtube, more about that at a later date. I also want to produce art demonstrations or even tutorials. I really know very little about video production so I’ve been studying Premiere Pro all week until my brain went numb. Now I know how to use my Go Pro camera and my Lumix too. I’m experimenting with microphones, sound recording is harder than I thought. What names should my wee recording buddies have? At last I will get a chance to paint tomorrow. Have a nice weekend.
Yes, I am looking forward to 2018. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about the start of a new calendar year. The 31st of December at the stroke of midnight I become a full time artist! I am a little nervous about it but it is nothing compared to the exhilaration I feel, the passion I have for my new career as an artist.
I came up with a 5-year plan exactly 5 years ago. The plan was simple as you can see on my amazing slick graph, my art career was to grow and my web designer career was to decline. To my surprise it has come true and was totally on schedule, amazing!
My plan for 2018 is to start a company and paint like crazy for the first 3 months. I will be developing “Meldrum Kroki” my life drawing sessions that I started back in October. I will also try my hand at producing weekly video vlogs plus painting tutorials or demonstrations. I think that’s enough to keep my self busy.
It’s going to be a fun year in 2018, really looking forward to it.
The other week I had my first watercolour demonstration. I was honoured to be asked by the ATG Art Society here in Stockholm. It was a small group that I painted for but for me it was a perfect start to something that might develop in the future.
I still see myself as a student so it is amusing when others ask me to show how I paint.
Tomorrow I travel to the north of Sweden to Sarek National Park which is south west of Kiruna. We will be trekking in the wilderness for 8 days, a helicopter will drop us in the middle of the park and the challenge will be to reach civilisation again! We have to carry all our food in the rucksacks on our backs. This means I will have to take as little art equipment as possible. After much thought I settled for what you see in the picture.
There is a large risk that I will be too exhausted most days to paint anything but I just have to try, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
I think capturing the light is the hardest skill to achieve in painting. I have been studying composition and tonal values during the last year, it is through the careful balance of tones that one achieves light. It’s really hard to master but I’m having fun trying. This watercolour was painted plein air a few days ago.
I am happy with my exhibition so far. The opening day is when one sells the most, like my first exhibition in April it was mostly friends who bought and I am so happy they did. Next year the challenge will be to sell to strangers outside of my circle, I have a summer show that will be a true test as I am not the organiser of the event. I’ve started painting for that exhibition already as I have lots of free time right now at my current exhibition.
My easel in the gallery
View from above, watercolour I am currently working on
I have a number of watercolours that I have not framed
Six months after my first exhibition I am now having another. It starts on the 3rd of December and is at Konsthallen in the old town here in central Stockholm.
Here are the full details:
David Meldrum – Watercolours and life drawings
Saturday 3rd of December 2016, 12.00 – 18.00.
Konsthallen, Köpmanbrinken 2, Gamla Stan, Stockholm.
Exhibition continues until the 8th of December.
Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 12.00 – 18.00.
This was a first for me, I’d never sketched a transsexual model before. It was a challenge, part female – part male. I’m happy for the model, that she was proud and wanted to pose in front of strangers. It was a difficult session.