Happy 21st Birthday to Apex Hotels

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Happy 21st Birthday to Apex Hotels

Last week Apex Hotels celebrated being 21 years old and I was invited to capture the occasion in sketches. A party was held at the magnificent Heights venue on top of the Apex Grassmarket, which has fantastic views over Edinburgh Castle. I have visited before for breakfast and here is a link to by previous […]

Surrounded by stunning details inside the Assembly Rooms

Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Surrounded by stunning details inside the Assembly Rooms

I’ve been trying to capture the beautiful interior flourishes which are all around inside the grand Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street. This is a corner close up from the ball room and will make up one of my six new illustrations which will go on show inside the famous events venue later in the […]

Capture the stunning city of Stirling with my latest Sketching Day Tour

Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Capture the stunning city of Stirling with my latest Sketching Day Tour

Come with me this April to sketch Stirling’s imposing fortress and medievil old town in watercolour and charcoal. For one day only on 29th April 2017 I will be running a day of sketching workshops with The Curious Thing, drawing on location in this central and vibrant Scottish city. We will focus on pen and watercolour […]

Drawing the Collection at Surgeons Hall Museums’

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Drawing the Collection at Surgeons Hall Museums’

On Monday I ran two sketching workshops at the wonderful and facinating Surgeons Hall Museums in Edinburgh. As it was the September Bank Holiday, I was asked to host two sketching events looking at the exhibits on show inside The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which was initially established as a medical teaching resource but now welcomes […]

WhereArtI : 11 July 2016 : Edinburgh

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
WhereArtI : 11 July 2016 : Edinburgh

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

Newhaven Harbour in glorious sunshine.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016
Newhaven Harbour in glorious sunshine.

I’m lucky enough to live close to Newhaven Harbour and love listening to the tinkling boat masts and seagulls circling above. I drive past the lighthouse (built 1869) often and yesterday did so with thankfully some time to sketch. I could sit for hours listening to the rocking boats in the small harbour, looking out […]

My cat and I, sitting watching the telly the other night

Posted on Feb 16, 2016
My cat and I, sitting watching the telly the other night

The Sketcher cat, Mocha. Not one for hogging the limelight, or even looking at you when sketching or taking a photo. Mocha is a beautiful tortoiseshell cat, fifteen years old and on the cold nights in Edinburgh she likes to curl up on my, or Mrs Sketcher’s knee.   I love to draw her fur, beautiful […]

Tranquillity and splendid coffee in Edinburgh’s West End

Posted on Feb 8, 2016
Tranquillity and splendid coffee in Edinburgh’s West End

Brass & Copper provides a calm and peaceful place in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End in which to enjoy a coffee and a catch up with friends. Situated in the middle of William Street, Brass & Copper is my new favourite hang out, just a sugar cubes throw from the hustle and bustle of […]

Tools of the trade

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Tools of the trade

Today I thought I’d show my sketching tools which I take around with me, my must have items to help me sketch on the go. It’s changed over the years as I’ve tried new mediums and left others out to save space and time. Most of it wraps up in a neat leather case so […]

Merry Christmas from the Sketcher household

Posted on Dec 26, 2015
Merry Christmas from the Sketcher household

Merry Christmas everyone, happy holidays and all the very best for 2016. I hope you all are enjoying the time off and those working are looking forward to a well earned break in a week or two. I have worked in the service industry myself and know what its like to be working when it […]