“Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.”
This is the official view of Expressionism but for me it is about trying to capture form with pure lines that express the way I feel at that given moment. Lines can show if I am inspired or not, if I find the pose exciting or not. I am an Expressionist, we are all Expressionists, long live Expressionism!
I visited a new studio in Hökarängen to do some life drawing this week. It was really enjoyable, I especially liked the fact the model had just one pose after the warming up period, we then had 20 minute sessions which allowed me to experiment with 3 watercolours which took about 30 minutes each. There was some sketching to warm up but I mostly painted. Lars, was the name of the model.
Only one negative experience, I forgot my pencil case with all my favourite pencils and a small pocket knife. I rang the next day to the studio but they were gone.
A different location (ABF) and a different model. Her name is Roza, I’ve drawn her so many times, she’s very professional. I think she was tired this evening though, I spoke to her later and she said she had worked all day from 9 to 9. Can’t be easy standing still all day! I think I am sensitive to if a model is enjoying themselves or not. If they just stand there and and strike a pose without enthusiasm then I sense it and then I do not get excited either. ABF is a difficult place to sketch in, the room is large and the bare florescent tubes lined up on the ceiling create cold flat light. Am I blaming other things besides myself? Maybe, maybe I am. Funny how one can be inspired one day and not the next.
I have my life drawing crazy friend Martin staying at my place at the moment. It means I go to more classes than I usually do. I can’t keep up with him though. He totally lives for figure drawing, I’ve had enough until Saturday but he is soon on his way to another session.
Monday, I went to Mäster Olofsgården to draw. The venue is always overcrowded but the models are usually good. On this occasion we had a model called Nicole who was just amazing. Wonderful poses which inspired me to draw better than usual.
Life drawing at Basis means lots of quick sketches, one is quite exhausted afterwards. I use a half A3 sketchbook each time. It’s very good of course for me, my drawings become more instintive and I have to econemise which my lines otherwise it is impossible to draw much in one or two minutes. The model is one of my favourites, Katrina is her name. Very expressive poses and at angels that make perspective drawing a challenge to say the least.
I want to paint more street scenes than I do. I don’t feel as comfortable painting urban scenes compared to boats and nature. I want to have a broad repertoire and there is only one way to achieve that, … paint everything and paint them often.
One of the really beautiful things about the Stockholm archipelago is the numerous old ferries that are still in service. Most of which are over 100 years old. Storskär is one of my favorites. It is owned by Waxholms bolaget. I don’t think I could ever tire of painting these beautiful boats.
This was the first time I went to KYO at Timmarmansgården here in the south of Stockholm (Södermalm). Very nice location and everyone was very friendly. I am starting my own life drawing group ( more info here ) and so it is important for me to get to know as many life drawing models as possible. This model’s name is Fredrik, I’ve sketched him many times, he is very professional.
My name is David Meldrum, I love painting watercolours. Another passion I have is life drawing, I run a class called Meldrum Kroki. I was born in Ireland but since 1990 I have lived in Stockholm, Sweden.
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