Sketching in the Engine Shed

Posted on Oct 26, 2017
Sketching in the Engine Shed

On Saturday I ran a sketching Day workshop at The Engine Shed in Stirling, somewhere I have wanted to visit all year. Opened earlier this year the Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, run by Historic Environment Scotland. It serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public. […]

WhereArtI : 15th May : Edinburgh

Posted on May 15, 2017
WhereArtI : 15th May : Edinburgh

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched? If so 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 […]

A Sketching Day inside one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful locations.

Posted on May 10, 2017
A Sketching Day inside one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful locations.

The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh recently opened its doors for sketchers. This Georgian venue, which lies at the heart of the New Town celebrates its 230th year in 2017 and to mark this, and the 25oth year of the New Town itself there are a number of one off events taking place. One of which was my […]

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 […]

Sketching the West End tours this August

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Sketching the West End tours this August

My sketching tours in Edinburgh’s beautiful West End are running twice weekly throughout August 2016. I am a week into my sketching tours and they are going great, despite last weeks showery weather my fellow sketchers created some great work while walking around the city’s thriving shopping and business district. Surrounded by stunning Georgian architecture and […]

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 […]

Celtic creativity this Friday night at the National Museum of Scotland

Posted on May 12, 2016
Celtic creativity this Friday night at the National Museum of Scotland

Tomorrow an evening of Celtic entertainment takes over the National Museum of Scotland. With live music, Celtic inspired DJ sets, silent discos and even a silent ceilidh the evening should be a huge success. There will be food and drink served in the main hall and creative activities including facepainting and temporary tattoos on ffer […]

Sketching the secrets of the Royal Mile

Posted on Apr 14, 2016
Sketching the secrets of the Royal Mile

On the 23rd April I will be pairing up with Mercat Tours to provide a Sketching and Storytelling Tour of the Royal Mile. In preparation for this dream collaboration I tagged along on the Secrets Of The Royal Mile tour this week, and made a few sketches along the way. The above sketch includes three […]

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 […]