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.

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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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

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