The name of the square is called Stortorget, the big square. Not much imagination was used in giving it a name.
Anyway, I am trying to find a way of painting it. I have used a typical tourist picture as reference and I have tried to make it interesting from a watercolour point of view. It’s a sketch, so it has lots of faults but I think I am moving in the right direction, even if it is painfully slow.
Looking at it now, I find it is a pity I followed the bright colours of the reference photo, it would have better if the colours were more dampened in tone. Yeah, yeah, the journey of improvement continues…
Watercolour sketchbook Saunders Waterford 28 x 19.
Here are some sketches I did at Meldrum Kroki last week and the other day. As I am running the life drawing evening it is not possible for me to sketch during the whole session. I really enjoy it anyway and I am happy just to do a few drawings.
Buildings are a bunch of boxes, straight lines and a few curves, rigid things that demand to be stiff and upright. I am trying to create an impression of what I see – to this point I have failed every time. I enjoy the challenge though, trying to find what is missing.
Here are Saturday’s offerings. I was hungover, so I was surprised I was able to sketch at all. All the poses were between 2 and 3 minutes long.
I used to find these sort of poses quite frustrating but these days I know my limits, I know I can only sketch so much. It is therefore important to capture the pose with so few lines as possible. Just one line would be the most optimal.
Why was I hungover? The new management at work does not want me to continue working part-time in 2018. I have to be 100% or leave. At least they want me 100%, that’s not bad. I of course would like to continue part-time as an artist, I have been doing so for two years. I really appreciate that I was allowed time to explore and develop into who I am today. Now I have to decide, do I become a full-time artist or not? … I have already made my mind up, it wasn’t very hard. 2018 is going to be a very exciting year. Stay tuned!
Meldrum Kroki (Meldrum life drawing). Yes, it does sound a bit pretentious but I will just have to get used to it. I started a life drawing evening in my apartment on the 5th of October this month. We have had two sessions so far and I and very happy with it’s success. I really feel that this is something I would like to develop. At the moment I can only have a maximum of 15 people in my living room so I have had to create a small Facebook group of life drawing friends. With time I will expand the group and make it public, right now it’s a very low profile, it has to be that way until Christmas at least. I am considering renting a large room next year so that the group can expand to 40 – 50 people. Time will tell if it will be a success or not.
NB. Today, my life drawing (Kroki) page is in Swedish and I do have plans to create an English version. Until then I advise you to copy the text and paste it into Google Translate. Thank you for your patience.
Sunday was a rainy day here in Stockholm so I stayed in my studio and played with my GoPro camera. I filmed myself painting a sketch in my Moleskin journal. I have an ambition to publish films of my painting process to help others learn from the knowledge that I have gained since I started in 2012. I need to learn how to edit film, next weeks project I guess.
Cerold Johansson who is responsible for art acquisition at the Nordic Watercolour Museum has bought one of my paintings! It arrived safely today with the glass still intact. To say that I am happy would be a bit of an understatement ?
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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