Not every painting is a success

I was asked to submit a watercolour to an exhibition and I wasn’t accepted which of course is a bit of a bummer but at the same time I just found the experience to be quite positive. That may sound strange but what I mean is I spent a day working on this painting and I learned a lot because I was outside of my comfort zone. I am pushing my boundaries a lot at the moment which means I do have more failures, I know I can paint the archipelago here in Stockholm but I want to be better than that, that is why I am happy with this watercolour. I do not fear the unknown and what I know today was yesterday’s news.

The town of Fabriano painted on, …Farbriano watercolour paper.
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Fabriano on Fabriano
Fabriano on Fabriano

Watercolour of Stockholm – Storkyrkan

2018.11.13

It is hard to paint urban scenes I think. I wrestle with keeping the watercolour alive and fresh. I need straight lines because houses are built of them, but they are also my enemy. Too straight and I loose my battle.
This was a good fight, I nearly lost it a couple of times but in the end I am happy with the result.

Title: Storkyrkan (The Big Church)
Size: 26 x 36 cm

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Storkyrkan-akvarell
Storkyrkan akvarell

Stretching watercolour paper

Meldrum Art Tips nr. 2

This video is a continuation of my first tip on stretching watercolour paper. The difference being this one is much more hands-on, you actually get to see me stretch paper! Yes, only watercolour nerds will find this interesting 🙂

Stockholm

26.5 x 36 cm 2018.10.31

I was playing with contrasts today, in the end I was quite happy with the way it turned out. More urban paintings on the way I feel.

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Stockholm by Meldrum
Stockholm by Meldrum

I haven’t painted a sailing boat for two weeks!

2018.10.12

Yes, I said I was not going to paint sailing boats for a while and this is so far true. I cannot resist the sea though, I could never stop painting the ocean, I love it too much.
This watercolour is painted on Arches rough paper and is 70 x 24 cm.

Have a nice weekend!

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A moment of solitude - original
A moment of solitude – original

 

Stretching watercolour paper

Meldrum Art Tips

I’ve started giving watercolour tips on YouTube. In the first episode I talk about how and why I stretch watercolour paper.

Sunsets

70 x 50 cm

One should avoid sunsets, most artists and photographers will tell you that.
So it was a challenge to find a theme that made a sunset acceptable in the eyes of critics. The subject I have chosen has divided Europe since 2015. I do not know how people will react to my watercolour, it speaks to me clearly enough but I also know that my neighbour might see something totally different.

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Sunset 70 x 50
Sunset 70 x 50

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My latest YouTube vlog exclusive

Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys

Yes, with the exception of my Patreon supporters you are the first to see this new episode of Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys. I visit Iwakuni, my son’s hometown and sketch the Kintaikyo Bridge. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom, it was so beautiful. Back at home I try to capture that wonderful day as best I can in watercolour. The video will be available to all later today on YouTube.

One of my first watercolours

Neil Young

One of my first watercolours from 2012. I should try painting portraits, I painted so few when I think about it.