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A Sketch is so important

Sketches of Stockholm by David Meldrum

I am talking to myself when I say, “Sketches are so important”.
It is so easy to just be lazy and start painting directly with a photo that is in front of you. We rarely succeed when shortcuts are taken, a photo needs to be interpreted, analysed and broken down. It needs to be simplified and elements moved or removed. So this is why doing a quick sketch beforehand is so important, we discover what should be done to achieve a good watercolour.
In the perfect world I would prefer to sketch outdoors but that not possible here for a large part of the year, it’s minus degrees and windy here in Stockholm today.
Next week I travel to Costa Brava in Spain for a week of sketching. More about that in an upcoming post.


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Watercolour painting on a grey day

Grey day in Donaghadee, Nothern Ireland

Yeap, it was a very grey day in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. I walked my mother’s dog and then sat in the passenger seat of the car and painted this quick sketch of the boats that were on land for the winter.
It’s been grey since I arrived, I hope it clears soon, it’s quite depressing.
I love to be beside the sea, I like Donaghadee but I never feel at home, I’m uneasy here.

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Grey day in Donaghadee, Nothern Ireland
Grey day in Donaghadee, Nothern Ireland

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Watercolour Demo – Painting the O-Torii Gate [ EP. 6 ]

I just published my latest video on YouTube!

This is the final watercolour demonstration video from my trip to Japan earlier in the year. It was the last 24 hours with my son so it was a special day.

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My latest YouTube vlog exclusive

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.

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Meldrum Art – Watercolour Journeys

Check out my latest YouTube video, In this episode I’m in Hiroshima, Japan. I feel that I am slowly getting more skilled at editing film, I hope you agree but please do send me feedback – be it good or bad.
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My Watercolour Journeys takes me to Hiroshima

Wet day in Hiroshima watercolour - cropped

I visited my son in Japan earlier this year.
Watch my latest video were I paint this watercolour and explore Hiroshima.
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https://youtu.be/gY4U_pDxGoY

Wet day in Hiroshima watercolour
Wet day in Hiroshima