Painting at Skanstull

The original plein air sketch
The original plein air sketch

I had a great Tuesday morning painting plein air with Daniel Luther at Skanstull here in Stockholm. I felt I had too much foreground and not enough focus on the boat so I painted a studio version today. I have also included a sketch that helped me improve the compositi

Original painting at Skanstull
Original painting at Skanstull.

 

David Meldrum
David Meldrum
My sketchbook
My sketchbook
Daniel Luther
Daniel Luther
Studio version of Skanstull
Studio version of Skanstull

Nice to be painting again.

I had an amazing 14 day adventure up in the north of Sweden. We walked 125km though tough wilderness in Sarek National Park which lies above the Arctic Circle.
This painting which has nothing to do with Sarek has been at drawing stage for months and I decided on coming home to paint it and be done with it. I’m happy with many aspects of the painting, it is painted with confidence which pleases me considering I haven’t been painting watercolours so much recently. By the way, if you are going on a bad-ass trekking trip I can advise you to leave your painting gear at home, I personally was exhausted each day and I was more interested in climbing into my sleeping bag than creating a work of art. Next year I have promised myself a less rigorous holiday, one where I can spend a few hours each day doing some sketching.

I filmed a lot while trekking in Sarek and I will be posting several episodes of my adventures there at a later date. I will of course be painting watercolours that are inspired by my experiences too.

The race
The race

Evening time

This is from my fantasy but I have a clear picture in my head of the beautiful evenings in the Stockholm archipelago. It’s like magic when the high pressure system is stationed above and evening comes. Waves and stress disappear and all one can do is open a beer and view with amazement until the mosquitoes remind you it’s time for bed.

Watercolour: 36 x 26 cm

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