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 ūüôā

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.

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.

At least it’s not a sailing boat

Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset 50 x 70 cm

Yes, it’s not a sailing boat but one of the old ferries that work everyday here in Stockholm. I love painting water and sky, I will never stop painting them but I can be brave and take a break from sailing boats for a while, a good while.
My plan is to start painting people more. I bought a new camera with a super zoom lens so that I can capture people doing their things. I was out cycling around town today taking lots of photos. I felt a bit like a voyeur but I’m sure I’ll get used to street photography after a few tries.

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Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset
Djurgårdsfärjan vid Stadshuset

My last watercolour of a sailing boat

13 x 35 cm

Sailing in the archipelago watercolour
Sailing in the archipelago watercolour


This is my last sailing boat for a while. It’s time to challange myself with other things.