Sunday, September 22, 2013

Two hours too much

Still having problems painting a nude in the same position for two hours. I am using Arches 300g, rough watercolour paper and haven't gotten used to it yet. It takes the pigment so well and dries so slow, I need to adjust. I can also blame myself for my lack of skill. Here are two preliminary sketches I did before getting it wrong with the watercolour.

Sketch by David Meldrum

Sketch by David Meldrum

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday's life drawing

Another enjoyable session at Konstnärshuset here in Stockholm.  One colleague asked if I would paint one more watercolour wash after getting home. The sketches would look more complete but then again I probably would loose the freshness. I chose to leave them alone.

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
10 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
5 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
5 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
5 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
5 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
2 minute nude

Nude by David Meldrum 20130917
2 minute nude

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My latest sources of inspiration

I bought these DVDs by Herman Pekel and Alvaro Castagnet last week. They are great, their styles are similar, loose and full of expression. I'm not so sure I want to be so free but then again maybe I am heading that way, who knows. Very busy at work at the moment, not much time to paint. I'm looking forward to having more time again at the end of the month.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Feels Good

Here is a selection of watercolour and pencil sketches from my life drawing evening at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. I hope to transfer the energy and freshness of these sketches into my paintings which are all too often, stiff and laboured.

Ten minute nude. 20130910

Five minute nude. 20130910

Five minute nude. 20130910
Ten minute nude. 20130910
Two minute nude. 20130910

Two minute nude. 20130910




Muddy Naked Hand

I paint these Naked Hands at lunch time, I take my time and invariably I overwork them, I get scared, I have too much time to think, I dab the brush 100 times too many. Life drawing is different, there I have only five or ten minutes to execute the watercolour, the result is a painting that contains life and energy. I am learning, in the mean time; here is a muddy, overworked Naked Hand.

Naked Hand 20130910 by David Meldrum
Naked Hand 20130910. 9 x 14 cm Moleskin.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

First session

I was very excited about attending my first life drawing evening after the summer break. It was a two hour pose at, "The Swedish Academy of Realist Art".  I was a bit too eager and so my watercolour study failed, luckily I didn't give up and managed to do one half-decent sketch. The model's underarm does not look correct but otherwise I'm quite pleased with it.

Nude sketch by David Meldrum 20130905
figure drawing 20130905


I used Arches 300gsm rough paper originally which is wonderful to paint on if you have time but is too slow-drying for figure painting with tempo. I don't think my fellow artists would appreciate me using a hair drier every ten minutes either.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Naked hand holds stopwatch!

It sounds like one of those bad newspaper headlines. As for the watercolour which took me two lunch breaks, - it's all right, I learned a few things which is the point of drawing and painting these in the first place. I'm happy enough with the result, a mixture of success and failure.
Life Drawing starts again tomorrow,  I'm really looking forward to starting, it feels like it was a very long time ago since the last session.

Naked hand by David Meldrum
Naked hand holds stopwatch! 9 x 14 cm Moleskin.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Naked Hand Failures

I know I should let the watercolour pigment do it's magic but I don't. I stress, I forget, I fail.
Still, it is practice and practice makes perfect. At least that is what we are led to believe.

When I think about it, maybe watercolour and perfection are a bit like water and oil...