A perfect January walk: sunshine, snow and blue skies

Posted on Jan 18, 2018
A perfect January walk: sunshine, snow and blue skies

Yesterday I went for a walk through the crisp fresh snow which had fallen overnight on Arthur’s Seat. The capitals extinct volcano sits in Holyrood Park and enjoys fantastic views over Edinburgh. On this occasion however I did not trust myself to climb to the top in such icy conditions so instead walked around the […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh : 15th January

Posted on Jan 15, 2018
WhereArtI Edinburgh : 15th January

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched in this weeks WhereArtI? This week I am looking for the street name, if you know then click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all those correct on Tuesday, who will go into the monthly draw to win a prize. The prize for […]

New Year New Skills at the Engine Shed in Stirling

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
New Year New Skills at the Engine Shed in Stirling

I will be running a series of workshops in Stirling this year at the Engine Shed, an educational conservation centre. Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre is run by Historic Environment Scotland. Since opening last year it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public, and is a fascinating place to visit. […]

A new skill for a new year

Posted on Jan 10, 2018
A new skill for a new year

I was very lucky this Christmas to receive a pyrography set from Mrs Sketcher and I have been having fun experimenting since. It’s always great to find a new way to be creative and from my early experiences it seems pyrography, which is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks is […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh : 8th January

Posted on Jan 8, 2018
WhereArtI Edinburgh : 8th January

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched above? Happy New Year to you and welcome to a brand new WhereArtI with a fantastic prize for January. I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope you enjoy my doodles of the city. If you know this weeks answer click the link below to email me. I will […]

Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is currently running a magical outdoor trail of light celebrating Christmas. You have just two more chances to see this years Christmas at the Botanics, a stunning light show which is fast becoming another must do annual event in the capital. I visited it’s the family and seeing the gardens lit […]

Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

This Edinburgh deli has been a strong favourite of Mrs Sketcher and I for a long time, ever since we discovered it as a haven of normality when our baby was staying at the Sick Kids hospital. Almost six years later and we still love sitting in the window looking out over the Meadows as […]

WhereArtI : 18th December : Edinburgh

Posted on Dec 18, 2017
WhereArtI : 18th December : Edinburgh

Where in Edinburgh have sketched this month? If you know click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning, and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’ for the month. At the end of the month those on the wall will be entered into a draw […]

A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

This week the Sketcher clan took a trip through Santa’s Wonderland in the Princes Street Gardens before warming up with some very fine Asian cuisine at Wagamama. Its at least an annual visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets and kids fun fair for the Sketcher family, we love having a go on the rides, watching the […]

Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Create your very own montage of festive sketches at the one off Christmas workshop in Edinburgh’s New Town Spend Friday 15th December with me picking up speed sketching tips both inside and out as we make our way around Edinburgh’s New Town, drawing some of George Streets beautiful decorations and spending some time in the Portrait […]