Meldrum Kroki

Meldrum Kroki (Life Drawing) is going well, I started in October last year and I now have a regular group of Sketchers that come each week. If you are interested in joining the Facebook group to get invited to the next life drawing session please click here.

It takes a while to build up a network of models. It also takes time to gain trust as it’s a sensitive business. Imagine yourself coming to a stranger’s apartment to pose naked in their living room. Like I said, it’s going well and word has spread that Meldrum Kroki is a pleasant experience for everybody who attends.

In the autumn I hope to rent a larger room. It will be important that I maintain the cozy warm atmosphere that exists right now in my home.

A good night

KonstnÀrshuset 2018.02.27

It’s wonderful to have a model that inspires and Sofie is one of them. I had more sketches than normal that I would classify as good. Some were even awesome! 😉
I sketched these last week, only getting them up online now. This becoming an artist thang is hard work! I feel so split all the time, I have to start a company, I have to paint, I am learning to vlog and then I also want to publish on Facebook, Instagram – not forgetting here on my blog too. Phew, no wonder I am confused!
Joint exhibition next week at Galleri Movitz here in Stockolm, check that out here. (In Swedish)


Busy busy busy


I’ve been really busy lately which is a positive thing but it means I find it hard to publish my art. I was at KonstnĂ€rshuset yesterday but these are not those sketches because these are from the week before! I think the model’s name is Dennis but I’m not 100 about that. He’s very good, definitely one of my favourite male-models.

Sketched on A3 paper using charcoal pencil and charcoal dust that I apply with my finger.


a Scandinavian classic

I love the design of these scandinavian pearls called Nordic Folkboats.
A friend of mine owned one and I sailed it a number of times, it is a beautiful boat to sail, the only negative was that it felt cramped when camping out in the archipelago. I painted these two sketches in my Moleskin journal (29 x 21 cm). Special thanks to Erik LÀhteenmÀki for the inspiring reference photos of a Folkboat regatta in Finland.
I plan to paint a few large format watercolours featuring these classic boats in the coming weeks.

Moleskin watercolour sketch 29 x 21 cm by David Meldrum
Moleskin watercolour sketch 29 x 21 cm

Sunday fun

KonstnÀrshuset 2018.01.04

Sunday fun and a little extra work Monday morning hence the date on the painting being the 5th of Februari. I enjoyed the long – one pose session at konstnĂ€rshuset last Sunday. The model (Sofie) was excellent and stayed perfectly still throughout. I am so looking forward to having her at Meldrum Kroki very soon, she is very popular with the local life drawing tribe.

I love the power of the internet, it looks as though this particular watercolour has a buyer already, always nice to make a sale.

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Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Watercolour nude

Meldrum Kroki evening


The second Meldrum Kroki session this year and the 11th in total. It is starting to become more of a routine and less stressful. It was a very enjoyable evening with model Elena who was just great!
One thing that need to be improved though:
I need a larger room, I must rent somewhere in central Stockholm. There is so much work involved in having the life drawing at home, the most time consuming bit is covering the wooden floors with protective paper. It is incredibly cosy though, everyone is very happy to come to my home.

Sketched on A3 paper with graphite  pencils


Portrait practice


I painted a portrait last weekend and it wasn’t very good. I needed to practice. A friend of mine tipped me about an app for the iPhone called Sktchy. People upload there selfie portraits and artists paint them if they find them interesting. It’s a great copyright free resource for artists. I used the app for the first time yesterday. I have no idea who the dude is.

Arches 27 x 37 cm

Meldrum portrait practice
Meldrum portrait practice

Nude study


I found a lovely image on Tumblr that inspired me to paint. The original photo was taken by Russian photographer Eugenia Kirikova.
I am trying to paint more nudes and portraits on a daily basis. The more we paint the better we get!

Arches rough watercolour paper, 27 x 37 cm

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Meldrum - watercolour nude study - original reference by Eugenia Kirikova
Meldrum – watercolour nude study – original reference by Eugenia Kirikova

This year’s s first life drawing


Yes, so nice to be life drawing again after the Christmas break.
I took myself to KonstnÀrshuset Tuesday. The model, Elena was excellent as always. The lighting is so good at this venue, having a good model too is very inspiring.
My Life drawing (Meldrum Kroki) started last night (Thursday). It’s proving very popular, my living room was totally full of enthusiastic sketchers. The model, Kinda was great, everyone was delighted with her. I will publish some drawings in the next few days. That’s that, now I’m off to lunch in town. I’m going to treat myself to my favourite Sushi restaurant, Ichiban.