I needed to send 5 watercolours to the Water Colour Society of Ireland by the end of January and I did. I am now waiting to see if I will be accepted into the society or not. I wanted to paint a bunch of Irish scenes for the application but I have been frustratingly ill the whole winter. I finished this watercolour of a Galway Hooker this morning. It’s a few days past the deadline and I am okay with that, it has been great just to get painting again so that’s good enough for me. I did a preliminary sketch of this Hooker in an earlier post if you would like to see that.
One of the schools I attend to sketch life drawing has started a class where one can paint portraits of a model live. There are 3 poses each evening and the length is 35 minutes which is perfect for my rather short attention span. I really want to improve when it comes to doing portraits so I’m really happy this class has started. Here is a link to the class. (In Swedish) The watercolours are about A5 in size.
A Hooker, I just love the name of these old working boats. This sketch of is of a Galway Hooker off the coast of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. I’m working on a final painting in the studio today. At the moment the sketch seems to be better than the final watercolour which is kind of annoying.
I have been wanting to paint Irish scenes for a while. It takes several sketches to get the feeling for a country one visits. This could be Spain, Ireland or even India which I will be visiting in March. I’m looking forward to that. You would think I would feel at home in Ireland as I was born there, but the fact is I moved away 35 years ago. I’m almost a stranger these days. It would be so nice to spend some time getting to know the island again, travelling around and painting, yeah, I’d like that.
It was so nice to go sketching with my Urban Sketcher friends last weekend. We visited the Natural History Museum here in Stockholm. I painted this in very dim light, luckily I had a little reading light with me.
Hi, here are some life drawings from my last sketchbook. The 2020 season began last week, visit my life drawing sessions if you live in Stockholm. Meldrum Kroki – Wonderful models, good lighting and great coffee. More info here.
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This is for those of you who enjoy life drawing, here is my current sketchbook. I normally just take photos of my work but this time I thought I’d present my drawings on video with a little voice over. Have a nice weekend! David
Hi my name is David Meldrum and I love to paint watercolours. I live in Stockholm, Sweden and I am originally from Ireland.
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