Food sketch blog – Day1

FoodDiary1Why photograph your tea when you can sketch it instead?!

Like most folk at this time of the year I am thinking about what I eat and trying to improve the ingredients I put in my body. So I thought I would keep a food diary, but instead of writing (to much hard work) or photographing (enough of that online already) I thought I would sketch while I was cooking.

 

Last night it was bacon, asparagus and peas to go with some mashed potato and it was yummy. That is all :)

Make a lovelist for the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.

LoveListsMMECThe MMEC in Edinburgh researches epilepsy and the causes of the condition in the hope of finding new treatments and prevention strategies.

St Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy and until the 14th February the MMEC have asked members of the public to list five of their most loved things. Using the hashtag #lovvelistsmmec photos of the lists can then be shared on social media, raising awareness of this tragic condition.

 

The list is five items long to highlight the fact that five out of every one hundred people will have an epileptic seizure at some point in their lives, a shocking statistic.

 

Take part by listing, or sketching as I have done, your love list and posting it online with the hashtag #lovelistsmmec. You can also donate two pounds by texting MMEC14£2 to 70070.

 

Can you name my five love list items?!

 

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre website

 

The WhereArtI Quiz, 26th January

ES_WAI260115Happy Monday folks, here is a WhereArtI for you to ponder, do you recognise my doodle?

 

The 2015 leaderboard is beginning to take shape, and with points on offer for the first three correct answers all is to play for. Keep an eye on the facebook and twitter throughout the day for clues if they are needed. Answer to come this time tomorrow.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.

A wee beastie sketch for Robert Burns

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National poet of Scotland, Robert Burns was born on this day in 1759. Here I have sketched a personal favourite of his poems, ‘To A Mouse’.

Starting with the famous words ‘Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie’, the ploughman’s tale tells of a mouse’s nest which is destroyed by the plough, leaving the tiny creature vulnerable to the harsh winter despite her careful planning. Burns notes how like the mouse, man’s best-laid plans often go awry.

 

My sketch is in black ink with a little watercolour on the mouse. I may make it into a tea towel or framed piece on canvas. What do you think?

 

For more information about Robert Burns, who wrote many world famous poems, including ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘A Red, Red Rose’ follow the links below.

 

And be sure to raise a glass to the Baird tonight, when you settle down to your haggis , neeps and tatties.

 

 

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Robert Burns website

Robert Burns National Trust for Scotland

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The WhereArtI Quiz, 19th January

WAI190115Morning Edinburgh, another WhereArtI for you to ponder on your commute to work. This week I am indoors, but where exactly…?

 

There is a brand new leader board for 2015 and with points on offer for the first three correct answers all is to play for. And keep an eye on the facebook and twitter throughout the day for clues if they are needed. Answer to come by the end of the day on Tuesday.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.

Edinburgh Sketcher is a sketch blog from Mark Kirkham, an illustrator and designer living in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Using a wide range of mediums including ink, watercolour, pencil, oil paint, charcoal and collage. Available for illustration commission, please get in touch at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more information.