Wide format does not impress

This painting is pretty cool I think. In real life it has impact but when it is published on the web it looses its power due to the wide format. It become small and hard so see detail, a 4 by 3 format suits Facebook and Google + so much better.
Anyway, I like this watercolour, it’s not my normal style, I don’t wish to continue on this route either, I want to be more like Chein Chung-Wei when I grow up 😉

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watercolour by david meldrum
watercolour by david meldrum

 

Summer in the archipelago 

Summer is coming soon, well I would at least like to think so. Looking forward to it when it does arrive. I am very happy with these wide scene formats I have been painting recently but they do present a problem, they look very small when I present them on Facebook or even here on my website. It’s a pity because they look real good framed and hanging on the wall. I am considering just showing a 4 by 3 version, cropping the watercolour to suit social media. Instagram is even worse, it is square!
Format: 37 x 12.5 cm

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Sailing in summer
Sailing in summer

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

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

Longing for the summer

The channel to Gällnö

I painted this watercolour in the beginning of November last year. I never took a decent picture of it as it was so dark back then and I was in rush to get it framed for the exhibition I had in early December. It was sold and I miss it really, I didn’t have time to enjoy it. They are like little children, very dear to the heart at least the ones that shine. I’ll just have to paint a replacement so I can forget it, larger maybe this time.
The watercolour was painted after my course with Chien Chung-Wei, it shows I think, my brushwork is more daring and the composition is well thought through.

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Watercolour - The channel to Gällnö
The channel to Gällnö

 

A watercolour at last

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I haven’t published my watercolours for a while and my gallery site is 6 months without being updated. It’s time for me to get my act together. Here is a painting that I completed yesterday.  More will be published soon.
The painting is titled, “It’s quiet in the archipelago during the winter”. 29 x 23 cm

The rush hour returns

What do you do when you enjoy yourself? You do it again!

This one was easier than yesterday’s effort. I felt more comfortable painting the water at least. I still haven’t got my skies in order. It’s the scale, I need to relax but it is easier said than done.

A quick watercolour sketch
Quick A5 sketch before the final effort
A sketch using three tones
Three tone sketch A5

Rush hour in the archipelago

Rush hour in the Stockholm archipelago
69 x 49 cm on Arches rough 300g

I still find it difficult working on a larger scale than before. The surface dries so quickly as my brush races down the paper, so easy to leave unwanted faults, not enough pigment in my palette or brushes that are too small. Still, I want to master large watercolours so the only thing I can do is try, try and try again again. I hate to admit it but I think the preliminary sketch is better than the final painting.

The sketch before doing the final watercolour.
The sketch before doing the final watercolour which is 17 x 12 cm.