Category Archives: Daily Sketch

New wooden postcards

Samples are coming, but which to put in the shop?

I’ve been so busy with weddings recently that my Edinburgh sketching has been pretty none existent. Although I have been working on these new designs for wooden postcards which I have just sent to have samples made from.

I love the feel of a wooden postcard, the strength and durability as well as the tactile nature of holding a piece of wood all appeals to me. And so I have been keen on adding to my current couple of cards I sell in town.

I have ordered a sample run of one of each design but need to narrow the list down from 8 to 4 as I need to buy in large numbers to make it profitable. I just can’t decide which ones to go with, which is your favourite?

Aberdeen Architecture – perfect for a workshop

A sketch of the Mercat Cross in Aberdeen

My first visit to Aberdeen and a chance to sketch some of the granite buildings.

I was asked to run a couple of workshops in Aberdeen’s Union Street this month to help raise awareness and appreciation of the wonderful architecture this part of the city has to offer.

A quick sketch of a granite doorway

Known locally as the Granite Mile, Union Street is one of Aberdeen’s main streets. It is the subject of a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), which is providing grants for the repair of historic buildings. CARS also offers opportunities for events and activities that engage people in the history of the street and the wider regeneration objectives.

Which is where I came in, highlighting some of the stunning architecture and details which can really be taken in and appreciated when you take the time to draw a scene.

The Kirk of St Nicholas Colonnade

The workshops were free for people to attend which I really liked, and provided all the materials so people could come and have a go sketching in ink and watercolours, and perhaps see their city centre in a new light.

Hopefully I can work with more local councils around Scotland, offering these workshops to more people.

Find out more about the CARS project in Aberdeen HERE

A watercolour wash of a tower in Castlegate

Free workshops on Aberdeen’s Granite Mile

This Sunday I will be running FREE sketching workshops on Aberdeen’s ‘Granite Mile’ Union Street. And we still have a few places available for the morning session.

Working with Aberdeen Council I will run two walking and sketching sessions as part of their Union Street CARS sketching workshops, taking place throughout September providing an opportunity for participants to get creative and observe the wonderful heritage of the city centre.

If you would like to come along there is no experience necessary and I will bring all the materials you need for a gentle introduction to capturing your surroundings with ink and watercolours.

Book here

Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

A moment in time as the nations newspapers mark the Queen’s passing.

After the sad news of the Queens death last night, I was walking around in a bit of a daze this morning through Stockbridge.

I was struck for a moment by all the front pages on the local news stand. The many stages of the Queen shown in beautiful portraits, her constant smile and ever presence which will no longer be here.

In an age when newspapers can seem instantly in the past, you can see that a visual such as this can still have a great effect on those passing by.

My thoughts are with the Royal Family.

A Book Festival Sketch

A trip to the festival to see my book.

It was the last weekend of Edinburgh International Book Festival and my family and I made it along to soak up the atmosphere, sketch the new location and see MY BOOK INSIDE 🤩🤣👍

I was so pleased to hear my illustrated picture book created with author Scott Coull (all about a family’s holiday in St Andrews and their love of ice cream) was on sale in the festival shop.

If you didn’t manage to see it there then you can buy a copy and help support my quest to create a sequel, here:

Edinburgh Sketcher Etsy Shop

A trip to the Highlands

Last week I managed a few days up by Loch Rannoch and it was wonderfully peaceful.

Just off the main routes for tour busses and caravans my wife and I enjoyed a break at the Loch Rannoch Hotel and Spa and I thoroughly recommend it.

Perfectly positioned on the loch with walks all around us we ate and drank well, and exercised in the surrounding hills. Even heading up and over to Loch Garry on a couple of electric bikes.

This view was from an afternoon walk and sketch when we saw a group of stags eating infront of the village of Kinloch Rannoch.

I can’t wait to return.

Sketching the shops

A well needed pit stop to sketch this grocers on the Southside of Edinburgh.

Sometimes you just need to take a few moments for yourself, to forget your worries and concentrate on a little drawing.

I am very fortunate that although drawing has now become my job, that I can still find such joy and relaxation through my art.

After driving around town all morning, getting stuck in traffic and delayed by road works, I parked up the car and took 20 minutes to myself to destress.

This is Global Fruits, a busy little grocers in Bruntsfield, sketched from my car with ink and watercolours.

And remember to take time out for yourself, this half hour made uch a difference to the rest of my day. And do book yourself into one of my workshops to join me relaxing around the city!

Music in the gardens

The Mind Be Kind Festival brings happiness to Princes Street Gardens

I happened to be in Princes Street on Sunday and followed the music which led me into the gardens to a free concert in aid of Mind Be Kind

The The Well Happy Band were playing and Gail Porter was on stage, all raising awareness and positivity for mental health and well being.

Organiser and co-founder Mind Be Kind, Tania Pramschufer said: “It’s a chance to come together and take time out to enjoy music, chat and take part in activities that give us a boost for mental and physical health.”

Well done all involved 👏😊

I am selling a copy of a mounted print of this sketch from the day, for £24 with £5 from each going to the Mind Be Kind crowdfunding page so hopefully this festival for mental and physical health can become an annual event in Edinburgh.

Buy a print

See the Crowdfunding Page

Edinburgh’s Taxis day out

On Tuesday Edinburgh’s Taxi Outing took place, after a 2 year absence.

A fantastic, usually annual event where taxi drivers decorate their vehicles with balloons and take children with special needs, life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses out for a day trip and a parade through the city.

I remember seeing the bright and colourful cabs driving up the Royal Mile many years ago. Children were firing water pistols from the windows and I remember wondering what was going on.

Such a lovely idea and 2022 marks 74 years of the tradition which I was so glad to see back on the streets after a two year absence due to the covid pandemic.

This particular taxi is Walter, a vintage taxi whose day job is as a wedding car with One Fare Day. I am sure he enjoyed all the extra attention on his day out in the Edinburgh sunshine!

Teatime trip to the seaside

Last night the Sketcher family took a trip to the beach by the bridges, ate fish and chips and enjoyed the epic views.

I had to hand over some artwork to a client coming from Perth so South Queensferry seemed a great place to meet. My family and I headed there with a plan of walking along the pebbled beach, up into the village and then sitting in between the old and new bridges, enjoying a fish supper.

And the weather didn’t disappoint, the recent mixture of strong sunshine, wind and frequent showers has made for some stunning skies.

Although I missed the later rainbow I did see this wonderful subtle shades of golden brown underneath the two road bridges. The land blending into the clouds in the distance.

The ink and watercolour original of this measures approximately 6×7 inches and is for sale for £75.

Signed and mounted prints are available for £30, sized at 8 x 10 inches. Message me below if you would like to purchase the original and click HERE to purchase a signed print.