My studio – my palette

Welcome to my studio. It‚Äôs important to have a permanent space somewhere at home to paint when the opportunity presents itself. I am lucky my oldest son moved out and I was able to takeover his room. Would I give him his old room back if he came home from overseas? Sure, maybe! ūüėČ

 

 

From my sketchbook

I am having a lot of fun playing with light and shadow right now. These two photos show a little of the technique I use. It‚Äôs sketched on Moleskin watercolour paper which really sucks because it doesn‚Äôt if you know what I mean. It doesn‚Äôt matter though, I use the sketchbook for learning porpoises. 

Today, I cycled around Stockholm for hours taking pictures of buildings in the autumn sunlight. I think the more technique you learn the more interesting watercolour becomes. I am totally fascinated by it.

Winter in Stockholm

2017.04.25

I completed 90% of this painting a month or ever two months back, the last 10 % has taken a lot more time. I learned this from Chien Chung-Wei, he might spend two hours on a painting but the final 10% can take many more hours – days even.
Luckily for me the weather is so damn cold here in Stockholm that the snow doesn’t look out of place now that it is spring, it was snowing here today in fact. So, maybe I should rename this painting to, “Spring in Stockholm”. Only kidding, I do look forward to warmer¬†weather though.

Painted on Arches rough 300g, 2017.04.25, 52 x 34 cm.
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Waterclour, Winter in Stockholm by David Meldrum
Winter in Stockholm

On my way to Brittany 

2017.04.17

I travel to Brittany, France in June with my wife and two artist friends, I’m really looking forward to it. I painted this watercolour recently from a photo I took in 2014, the old trawler is missing it’s cabin these days, storms have taken their toll. I haven’t seen the old boat for a year, I wonder how much is left.

Painted on Arches rough 300g, 2017.04.14, 36 x 26.5 cm
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Trawler in Brittany by David Meldrum
Trawler in Brittany

 

Portrait 

A commissioned work. I am not used to watercolour portraits so this was challenging. I had three days to paint it, it was a good experience, I learned a lot.
37 x 27 cm

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Wide format

I have realised that painting in a wide format really suits my watercolours¬†of life in the archipelago. It’s the big open horizon that we all find appealing when we are out in the great outdoors.
69 x 24 cm

The original reference photos were taken by Finish photographer, Erik Lähteenmäki. You can visit his website here.

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Folkbåt regatta nr.1
Folkbåt regatta nr.1

Experimenting

Yesterday, I made a real mess of a large painting. It was going so well, the initial drawing and the placement of cobalt blue for a brilliant cloudy sky… then I added some grey to give body to the clouds. I ruined it.

So today it’s practice time. I am painting on the back side of an old watercolour. It’s a good tip not to throw out your expensive watercolour paper until you have used both sides.

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A picture of quick watercolour practice
Watercolour practice

Popular subject

People here in Stockholm like my paintings of sailing boats in the archipelago, they sell very easily so I’d be stupid not to continue creating them. This painting is interesting as it is in a wide format which suits paintings of the great outdoors a lot.

Format: 52 x 13 cm

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A watercolour from 2016.

I was in such a hurry before Christmas to get ready for my exhibition I didn’t have much time to blog. I forgot to publish this watercolour which I was very happy with. It was sold very easily, liked by many which made me happy.

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A watercolour featuring sailing boats
Archipelago a go go