A trip down memory lane, to the Ness shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Posted on Jul 1, 2016
A trip down memory lane, to the Ness shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Time for a look back to November 2011, and one of my first sketches as Edinburgh Sketcher. Five years ago I worked at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and would spend spare moments wandering up and down the famous high street, taking in the wonderful multicultural sights and sounds as the city […]

The Royal Mile Primary School

Posted on Jun 28, 2016
The Royal Mile Primary School

A tardis style police box on the High Street, and a crossing to the Royal Mile Primary School in the Canongate area of Edinburgh. This sketch featured in the WhereArtI quiz for 27th June, with viewers asked to name the sketched location. I like to add in street furniture, often it is those details (the […]

The Camera Obscura, on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Posted on Mar 24, 2016
The Camera Obscura, on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

My sketch of the Camera Obscura and World of Illusion, which has delighted and intrigued people in Edinburgh for over 150 years Mirrors, lenses and daylight combine to produce a moving panorama of Edinburgh’s city centre, projected onto a viewing table within the mid 19th Century purpose built visitor attraction.   Over six floors of optical […]

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile turned into a Street of Light

Posted on Dec 1, 2015
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile turned into a Street of Light

Last night I attended the first showing of the Street of Light, as 60,000 bulbs lit up the famous cobbled high street in Edinburgh.   The huge (19m high) installation came to life as lights flashed in time to recordings of the Edinburgh Choral Union Choir. A series of illuminated arches cross over the Royal […]

Calton Hill, from the Canongate Kirk Yard

Posted on Jun 18, 2015
Calton Hill, from the Canongate Kirk Yard

Graveyards can be beautiful places to draw in, the contrast between precise stone sculpture and overgrown, wild, natural habitation has always been a favourite for art students. I am often to be found sketching in church yards around Edinburgh and over the years Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile has become a favourite of mine. […]

Reflections on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Posted on Mar 10, 2015
Reflections on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The rain in Edinburgh doesn’t usually last long, often drying up for strong sunshine and glimpses of rainbows spanning the city. Days such as these are great for drawing reflections outdoors, the sunshine kept me warm as I drew this strong reflection of the three red telephone boxes on the High Street.   Head out […]

A glimpse of Christmas

Posted on Dec 31, 2014
A glimpse of Christmas

Edinburgh city centre is currently bursting with Hogmanay and Christmas decorations, stages are being erected, shows and markets light up the night sky and fill the air with screams of laughter.   The Royal Mile remains relatively untouched but take a glimpse through one if its many closes which point down towards the New Town […]

Royal view from the office

Posted on Dec 5, 2014

Yesterday I was in town posting Christmas cards and dropping off commissions so grabbed a bite to eat in Caffe Nero on the Royal Mile.   A perfect spot to watch the Christmas shoppers and Edinburgh visitors walking up and down the High Street, this was my view from window seat whilst I ate my […]

Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

This week I sketched this lovely wee shop on St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Turn off the Royal Mile and follow your nose to this delightful wee shop selling scrumptious shortbread in wonderful flavours. By constantly experimenting with new flavours and interesting and creative ideas the wafts of lemon and fresh baking smells are […]

Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

The Heart of Midlothian sits outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.   St Valentines Day and what better a sketch than that of the heart-shaped mosaic, made from coloured granite and which lies on the spot where once stood a prison and public execution site!   You may well see passers by […]