Never a wasted journey in Leith, Edinburgh

Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Never a wasted journey in Leith, Edinburgh

When recently at Leith Regestry Office without an appointment I had time to spare, and time to sketch. Behind the beautiful building which houses Leith Library and Registry Office is the Leith Theatre, which is also home to the Thomas Morton Hall. The theatre was a gift from the people of Edinburgh to the people of Leith […]

Under the bridges on the Firth of Forth with Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

Posted on Sep 6, 2016
Under the bridges on the Firth of Forth with Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

Last week I ran a painting and sketching activity on a boat trip along the Firth of Forth with the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. The IFLI is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme which focuses on the upper Firth of Forth area. A beautiful and often overlooked part of the country home to a wide range of […]

Digital Sketcher

Posted on Jun 22, 2016
Digital Sketcher

Yesterday I had a go at sketching on my digital tablet. It was fun and I think it could be a useful string to the bow, but nothing I’ve tried so far comes close to the colours and creativity I find with real watercolour paint. I’ve only scratched the surface really, my tablet is a basic […]

Beautiful blossom hangs from the branches throughout Edinburgh

Posted on May 11, 2016
Beautiful blossom hangs from the branches throughout Edinburgh

The glorious sunshine in Edinburgh is highlighting the range of colours in the city’s trees. Especially appealing against the bright sandstone architecture. Yesterday I took a walk through Trinity in the North of Edinburgh and marvelled at the heavy laden branches, stunning pinks, creams and deep reds. It’s hard to do justice to such colours and […]

WhereArtI : 29th February 2016

Posted on Feb 29, 2016
WhereArtI : 29th February 2016

Edinburgh dwellers, can you tell me where I am doodling this week? The WhereArtI competition goes live every Monday morning at 8am, I sketch a location in Edinburgh, you tell me where I am. On the first Monday of each month however, the sketch could be anywhere in Scotland. There are points on offer for […]

The WhereArtI Quiz, 30th November

Posted on Nov 30, 2015
The WhereArtI Quiz, 30th November

Good morning and happy St Andrews Day everyone. Here s the Monday WhereArtI. Can you tell me where I am sketching? If you recognise the sketch above then let me know below, there are points on offer!! Keep an eye on the facebook and twitter throughout the day for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end […]

Spooky Sketch Classes this Halloween at Surgeons’ Hall Museums

Posted on Oct 22, 2015
Spooky Sketch Classes this Halloween at Surgeons’ Hall Museums

This Halloween on Saturday 31st October I will be running three sketching classes at the recently revamped Surgeons’ Hall Museums. If you haven’t visited since the Edinburgh educational attraction was reopened earlier this month, then this is the ideal opportunity. Open from 10am until 8pm, there will be a number of events taking place throughout […]

Sketching the Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopening

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Sketching the Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopening

Last week saw the hugely anticipated reopening of the Surgeons’Hall Museums after a major refurbishment, and I was there to capture the day in sketches. Having been closed for 18 months to undergo a £4 million transformation, the new combined space houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history […]

‘Current Location’, on at SummerHall until August 30th

Posted on Aug 21, 2015
‘Current Location’, on at SummerHall until August 30th

This morning I was at Summerhall to see ‘Current Location’ a play by Toshiki Okada, adapted by Fellswoop Theatre. Telling a story of one villages perhaps impending doom and how the people living within a small community deal with the loss of control and uncertainty in the air. Gripping from the offset the unknowing of […]

The Sketcher Twins in pen and ink

Posted on Aug 18, 2015
The Sketcher Twins in pen and ink

Here is a portrait of the Sketcher Twins during the week they began their final year in nursery. They are are growing up quickly and were this week raring to go and excited to see all their friends at nursery.   I find drawing portraits harder than buildings, the more detail I add the older […]