Practicing for my first workshop

2019.03.05

I painted this sketch yesterday, I just wanted to practice so that I feel comfortable with the subject. I also wondered what the composition would feel like with one of the sailing boat’s masts tilted by a small gust of wind as it rounded the island. I like it, much more dynamic, so I will go with this when I paint the demonstration version this Saturday.
Many people want to be in the workshop which is great considering I advertised it so late last week. Still a few places left if you are interested! ūüôā

The sketch is about A5 in size and painted on Saunders Waterford paper.

My first workshop – 9th of March

Yes, I am going to try my hand at teaching. I am very late getting this out to people so I’ll be happy if only two come. It’s on the 9th of March which is next week already!
I spent so much time thinking about how I wanted to teach and what I wanted to paint that now time has run out. You got to start somewhere, it doesn’t matter if not so many turn up the first time, the main thing for me is that I start. That’s a major step forward and I am happy with that.
Here is the link to the workshop, it’s mainly in Swedish but I do explain in English at the bottom of the page.
Have a nice weekend folks!

Part of my teaching – Managing tonal values.

Just practising

2019.02.16

I am getting better at just sketching for fun. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to improve which is good but at the same time I know it’s not recommended to be deadly serious all the time. So, yesterday I had some fun. It’s fun having fun. Sounds like I am trying to persuade myself that relaxing is a good thing.

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Visit to the Natural History Museum


I visited the Natural History Museum (Naturhistoriska) yesterday with my friend, Daniel Luther who is also an enthusiastic watercolour artist.
The museum is a great place to come and practice sketching during the winter months here in Stockholm. It’s -5 degrees outside and snowing at the moment so not great weather for plein air painting.
I chose to paint a swan first. When I opened my palette I discovered that red paint had leaked out into the mixing area, so I decided to us it as a background to the swan. It’s pretty dramatic but I like it ūüôā
The duck sketch is definitely influenced by the famous Swedish watercolour artist, Lars Lerin. He has been to the museum in the past but I do not know if he actually sketched at the museum or just took reference photos. Does anyone out there know? Anyway, this sketch is homage to his style of painting.
It was a great day, I really should sketch away from the studio more often.

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Good days and bad ones.

2019.01.27

Yesterday, I went to life drawing and I couldn’t paint to save my life. Today, I couldn’t put a brush stroke wrong, an over exaggeration maybe but it certainly felt so. What a difference a day makes.
I continue to practice my portraits as often as i can. This one I did this morning before meeting my Urban Sketcher friends at the The Maritime Museum here in Stockholm.
Painted on Saunders Waterford Fine Grain.

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Meldrum Portrait
Meldrum Portrait

Watercolour portrait

2019.01.22

I am still practising my watercolour portrait painting techniques. This one took me a day to complete and I’m happy with it. It’s not perfect of course, not as far as I am concerned anyway.
I should be editing a film for YouTube, I will have to force myself from doing more portraits until I’ve completed the editing. The next Watercolour Journey episode by the way is from the Gaint’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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meldrum art portrait
meldrum art portrait

 

Watercolour painting while in a strange mood

Basis 2019.01.19

I wasn’t feeling very well on Saturday but I was determined to get out of the apartment and meet my life drawing buddies. I just didn’t have the energy to perform well so I said to myself, “Relax and enjoy yourself”. So I did and I actually liked the result. It’s better to try a little than not to try at all.

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Figure painting – the day after and having fun

2019.01.15

I was life drawing yesterday using  watercolours, I try my best to capture the pose in 5 minutes or whatever the decided time is. I of course run out of time which is okay as everyone does.
I have gotten into the habit of playing with these sketches the morning after, I start the day with a strong cup of coffee and I try to improve the quick watercolours I did the night before. It’s fun and just like kids I learn a lot by just playing around.

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Life Boat watercolour sketch

2019.01.06

I am spending a week with my elderly Mum. I find where she lives very claustrophobic, a small dark cottage in a maze of small houses that look exactly like hers. I really look forward to the afternoons when I bring her dog for a walk.
I usually drive to Donaghadee further down the coast from Bangor, it’s a nice small village with a lovely harbour complete with lighthouse, I sketched the latter many times. The open horizon outside of the harbour relaxes me and I have an enjoyable walk with Misty, the dog.
Afterwards I sit in the passenger seat and paint a watercolour sketch of something that catches my eye. Today it was the old Life Boat that was up on land and needing some love. I hope she gets it, I thought it was a beautiful boat. She was on the hard as they say, in fact she was in the car-park which made it very easy for me to sketch from my car.

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meldrum art - life boat
meldrum art – life boat