After work

Another quick sketch while on my way home from work. I wish I had designed the clouds a bit better. It was just one long cloud in reality but it would have been better if I had broken it up. I am satisfied otherwise, actually I quite like it! 

Is anything better than nothing?

I am going through a period were my time for art is limited, I have to work as a webmaster for 6 weeks during July and August. I know that in order to be a good artist I have to practice everyday which is basically not easy.
So, is painting for the sake of painting a good idea? This sketch which took 2 hours over two days is a case in point. It’s not a masterpiece but I feel at least I have painted something; I have learned a little, a small step – …on the lonely road to mastering watercolour.

This sketch was painted in a Moleskin watercolour journal 29 x 21 cm, the paper is not cotton but I like the challenge of its inferior qualities.

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Sketch of Svartlöga
Sketch of Svartlöga

 

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

Island sheep

I painted this watercolour during two lunch breaks last week. I used several photos I had taken on the island of Bullerö last summer as reference. I’m happy with my loose style, my brush stokes are fairly confident, the sheep could be better but it’s my second time painting them, like everything else one has to practice many times to master anything.

Title: Sheep on Bullerö
Format: 31 x 23

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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