Urban sketching at Stockholm Central Station

I forgot to publish this, I met with my Stockholm Urbansketcher friends at the Central Station on the 26th of February. We had great fun sketching,  enjoying a chat and a coffee.

 

Day two in Palma de Mallorca 

There is a beautiful shaded street in the center of Palma de Mallorca. I saw two street buskers playing really soft and harmonically. I started drawing them, the light was wonderful. Unfortunately they moved on after a few minutes and I was left trying to remember the lighting on their clothes etc.

The second watercolour was a quick one. I decided that I really need to loosen up. Not be so fixed on details. Why is it so hard to do this? I was happy with the result, I wish I could be so relaxed all the time.

A small and. quick sketch 18 x 26 cm
A small and. quick sketch 18 x 26 cm

Finding hidden gems in Palma

I’ve been walking around the streets of Palma de Mallorca. I’m starting to find my way around the old narrow streets in the shopping districts. This court yard I found down a quiet side street away from all the tourists. It was a pleasure to paint, it was so tranquil.

The pencil sketch before the actual painting
The scene

Last minute

I jumped on a last minute flight to Palma de Mallorca yesterday. I tried to paint the bright pink and mostly drunk lobsters on the beach. It didn’t inspire me. Maybe it will tomorrow, trying hard to adjust to the heat (29). Actually, tomorrow I’ll head into Palma, I’m staying in a charter-hotel in Arenal. It’s fun, I feel very lucky to be able to do this kinda thing.

A recent urbansketch

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2b, 6b and 9b pencil sketch in Hand.book journal 14 x 9 cm

Charles Darwin

I was sketching at the Natural  History Museum  in London the other day. 🙂
Sketch of  Charles Darwin Statue

New sketch gallery page

I used to have a flickr page for my sketches but I suddenly couldn’t login to the account any more. Frustrated and annoyed, I created a tumblr site instead. So if you’d like to see my latest sketches from my notebooks, visit here.

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

A5 Fabriano sketch paper

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

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