Today was such a glorious September afternoon here in Edinburgh, perfect for a little outdoor sketching
This beautiful Victorian building is on Princes Street. I have ignored the bottom floor as it is a recently closed, boarded up shop.
It is such a shame that rinces Street is looking so tired just now, a mixture of closed shops, discount stores and mobile phone clones. But look above the ground floor eyeline and there are some beautiful architectural details.
Like this tall building which lies opposite the Scottish National Gallery. Dating back to the late 1800s I believe it was originally a tea room and would be lovely brought back to its glory days.
I would love to see more independent shops on Princes Street, original and different enough to bring shoppers back to the high street.
A last minute stay in the Scottish Borders proved to be the perfect escape before school starts.
At the weekend the Sketcher Clan took a camping break to a favourite campsite; Ruberslaw in the Scottish Borders. Just an hour and a half away in the car, the stunning location sits between Hawick and Jedburgh in the heart of the rolling border hills.
Although we had meant to be there for three nights we stayed for two and a wonderful three days in the country, disconnected from our gadgets. The above sketch is of their beautiful glass house which sits within a walled garden.
James and Zoe had a great time playing into the dark with children on the campsite, including what looked like a toasted marshmallow eating tent crawl !
It was my mistake about the length of stay, I had mistakenly thought the schools in Edinburgh went back a day later than they actual did. The error did mean however that we could take our time packing up on the Tuesday morning and also fit in another walk up the hill to see the sheep and the ‘truly wild’ camping pitches (and safari tents) up in the woods.
Perhaps next time we will venture further from the comforts of the walled garden and communal hub!
Take a look at this family friendly campsite via their website HERE
We have visited Ruberlaw Wild Woods Camping before, back in 2016 and HERE is my post and sketches from then.
What a lovely place Dunbar is, and just an hours drive away from Edinburgh.
Headed east today for a meeting in Dunbar, such a beautiful harbour town with a spectacular coast that I need to visit more often. The rocks around the coast are amazing and I look forward to returning with the family for some rock pooling.
I took a walk down by the cliffs and loved the stacks of rocks on the beach, someone’s been very busy! I later heard it was the result of the recent European Stone Stacking Championships, which was held here.
I sketched the piles of rocks and then the rocky island in the bay, just to the right. I look forward to returning to Dunbar soon and sketching at the harbour.
The stunning Rock Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, I am lucky to have this place in walking distance from my home.
This weekend my wife and I had the house to ourselves as our kids, now 10 years old went to their Aunties for a couple of days.
We spent Sunday walking around Stockbridge, visiting the second hand shops and a walk through the Botanical Gardens. I had a lovely hour sitting by the rock garden making this sketch of the beautifully kept banks of colour and fragrance.
What a blessing to have a little time to sit and relax with my pens and watercolours, focusing in on the details and the wonder of nature in full bloom.
Threatening skies over Wardie Bay yesterday afternoon. I don’t think the wet weather is done just yet.
Amazing downpours in Edinburgh the last few days with devastating results for many businesses and homes being flooded, so I do hope you are all doing well.
Last night the waters were calm along the Granton breakwater when my family and I took an evening stroll. The skies were saying more rain is coming. Hopefully it blows past and the worst is over. I heard over half a months rainfall fell in just 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Good for the garden though I suppose, and the ducks 😉
Last week the Sketcher Clan took a trip around the UK, including a day in London.
We drove down through the UK stopping off to see friends and family with the destination of Legoland and a day in London.
With so much packed in the 10 days are now a blur of fun and family time. There wasn’t much time to sketch but in London’s South bank I did get 30 minutes with my daughter to sketch this iconic skyline.
Its amazing to see these huge, beautiful structures in real life, and I will remember sitting there with Zoe in the late afternoon sunshine for a long time.
I will include my daughters sketch once she is happy it is finished!!
A look up into the new shopping and hotel complex where once stood the St James Shopping Centre.
The top of Leith walk is awash with brightly coloured construction workers as the huge rebuilding of the St James shopping centre and hotel into the new St James Quarter, which is due to open later this year.
This sketch is from just by the roundabout and show the new walkway and glass entrance which will lead to the covered shopping streets within.
I remember the old shopping centre being quite dark and small, I short cut rather than a destination. From the looks of the construction so far the new ‘quarter’ will be much larger and much brighter inside.
I look forward to stepping inside soon. Find out more about what will be inside from the website below.