At least it’s not a sailing boat

Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset 50 x 70 cm

Yes, it’s not a sailing boat but one of the old ferries that work everyday here in Stockholm. I love painting water and sky, I will never stop painting them but I can be brave and take a break from sailing boats for a while, a good while.
My plan is to start painting people more. I bought a new camera with a super zoom lens so that I can capture people doing their things. I was out cycling around town today taking lots of photos. I felt a bit like a voyeur but I’m sure I’ll get used to street photography after a few tries.

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Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset
Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset

My last watercolour of a sailing boat

13 x 35 cm

Sailing in the archipelago watercolour
Sailing in the archipelago watercolour


This is my last sailing boat for a while. It’s time to challange myself with other things.

Painting at Skanstull

The original plein air sketch
The original plein air sketch

I had a great Tuesday morning painting plein air with Daniel Luther at Skanstull here in Stockholm. I felt I had too much foreground and not enough focus on the boat so I painted a studio version today. I have also included a sketch that helped me improve the compositi

Original painting at Skanstull
Original painting at Skanstull.

 

David Meldrum
David Meldrum
My sketchbook
My sketchbook
Daniel Luther
Daniel Luther
Studio version of Skanstull
Studio version of Skanstull

Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys

[ Hiroshima Ep.4 ]

Check out my latest YouTube video, In this episode I’m in Hiroshima, Japan. I feel that I am slowly getting more skilled at editing film, I hope you agree but please do send me feedback – be it good or bad.
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My Watercolour Journeys takes me to Hiroshima

Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys [ Ep.4 ]

I visited my son in Japan earlier this year.
Watch my latest video were I paint this watercolour and explore Hiroshima.
Click the YouTube link below.
https://youtu.be/gY4U_pDxGoY

Wet day in Hiroshima watercolour
Wet day in Hiroshima

Urban Sketching is so much fun

Gröna lund, Djurgården, Stockholm

I am currently editing my latest video, Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys (Hiroshima). It was therefore lovely to get a break at the weekend and meet my Urban Sketching friends on Djurgården to sketch a little.

Saunders Waterford sketchbook, 28 x 19 cm

Gröna lund, Stockholm
Gröna lund, Stockholm

How to get better painting clouds

How does one get better at painting clouds? Well, that was the question I had at the beginning of this week. I admire Sergej Temerev a lot so really it’s not that  difficult. I just looked at as many watercolours of his as possible, there is a good Pinterest page featuring his work, here’s the link. I also looked at all the YouTube videos I could find. I’ve done this before but one has to repeat and practice a lot if one wants to get better.

Hooker on the horizon
Hooker on the horizon

Title: Hooker on the horizon. 24 x 34 cm

Nice to be painting again.

I had an amazing 14 day adventure up in the north of Sweden. We walked 125km though tough wilderness in Sarek National Park which lies above the Arctic Circle.
This painting which has nothing to do with Sarek has been at drawing stage for months and I decided on coming home to paint it and be done with it. I’m happy with many aspects of the painting, it is painted with confidence which pleases me considering I haven’t been painting watercolours so much recently. By the way, if you are going on a bad-ass trekking trip I can advise you to leave your painting gear at home, I personally was exhausted each day and I was more interested in climbing into my sleeping bag than creating a work of art. Next year I have promised myself a less rigorous holiday, one where I can spend a few hours each day doing some sketching.

I filmed a lot while trekking in Sarek and I will be posting several episodes of my adventures there at a later date. I will of course be painting watercolours that are inspired by my experiences too.

The race
The race

Meldrum Art – Trekking Update

I put this short video together yesterday, to keep everybody informed of what I am up to in the coming weeks.