It’s That Time Of Year Again

Who is Karen Meldrum?

Karen Meldrum is an artist from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire with numerous commissions, gallery exhibits. Karen studied at Grays School of Art gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art and she’s since won various awards including the BP fine art award and the Royal Scottish Academy “Pillans and Waddies” Prize

Karen was asked to commission a painting by Greg’s mum for his 30th birthday. It was up to Greg what he wanted the painting to be and after drunkenly discussing options including him on horseback with cats, unicorns and Johnny Five from Short Circuit we came up with a slightly different idea…

It’s That Time Of Year Again

For 6 years we lived in a place called Rosemount Viaduct in the centre of Aberdeen and we had some great times there so we wanted to capture that. We took a Google Street View…

Rosemount Viaduct

…then decided it would be a cool idea to try and capture all seasons in the one painting divided into 4 sections…

Rosemount Viaduct

…we spent a lot (and I mean a lot) of time in the pub on  the corner – The Noose & Monkey and were quite often out on the corner smoking so we wanted that to somehow be added in. When I asked Karen if it was possible she obliged and asked for some photos of myself and Greg. Remember that these were the days before “selfies” and most of the time we were too drunk to bother about taking photos of ourselves so I dug out these ones…

We were all amazed and so, so happy with the final result – Karen came up with the title “It’s That Time Of Year Again” and I think that fits it so well…

Karen Meldrum
It’s That Time Of Year Again

It will soon be taking pride of place in our living room – we love it! The photo really doesn’t do it justice – it’s layered with various different materials and the colours seem to change depending on the light, it’s awesome!

Thanks Karen and Greg’s mum for such an amazing gift!

Karen Meldrum
Greg & Steve
My favourite part!

What do you think? Have you ever had a painting commissioned? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

Don’t forget to check out more of Karen’s work…

Karen Meldrum
Karen Meldrum

 

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