WhereArtI? – 27th June

A striking sandstone building in the west of the city.

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

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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.

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Flowers In Reflection

As rain falls in Edinburgh, and thoughts lie in the East, beautiful reflections of blue and yellow catch my eye.

My latest #supportabusinesssketch is this lovely independent flower shop which always catches my eye when passing by.

This is Lorraine Graham Flowers at 45 Causewayside, Newington, they create beautiful unique bouquets and deliver throughout Edinburgh.

After visiting #VanGoghAlive recently I am seeing sunflowers all over the city, and with the war in Ukraine the colours of blue and yellow are jumping out at me where ever I go.

It may be raining but I’m feeling very lucky right now. Enjoy the reflections everyone.

WhereArtI Quiz – 20th June

A view through the arches on a busy city centre street.

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

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Keep up to date with my sketches as I share a more personal look at what I get up to and what I have planned, with competitions, offers and news about upcoming live events and workshops. 

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!

WhereArtI Quiz – 13th June

A new coffee stop for me, but can you name the street?

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

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Keep up to date with my sketches as I share a more personal look at what I get up to and what I have planned, with competitions, offers and news about upcoming live events and workshops. 

Wherearti Quiz – 6th June

Multiple angles crossing over each other in this city street.

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

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Keep up to date with my sketches as I share a more personal look at what I get up to and what I have planned, with competitions, offers and news about upcoming live events and workshops. 

WhereArtI Quiz – 30th May

A quick watercolour from one of my sketching tours, but where are these steps?

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

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Keep up to date with my sketches as I share a more personal look at what I get up to and what I have planned, with competitions, offers and news about upcoming live events and workshops. 

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.

Wherearti Quiz – 23rd May

Can you name this Edinburgh dome peeking over the rooftops?

Where have I sketched this week?

Leave your answer as a comment below, your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Get your answer in before 9am tomorrow morning and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries to win a prize.

This week’s prize is a set of six Edinburgh Postcards, each featuring a sketched scene from the city.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

Sign up to my monthly newsletter.

Keep up to date with my sketches as I share a more personal look at what I get up to and what I have planned, with competitions, offers and news about upcoming live events and workshops. 

Scottish Artists Celebrated

Today a new exhibition opens at the City Art Centre featuring work by the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists amongst many others.

‘National Treasure: The Scottish Modern Arts Association’ reveals the story of this a unique collection, and the artists represented in it.

Founded in Edinburgh in 1907, the association was established by artists and their supporters, and aimed to secure a collection of modern Scottish art.

I loved how diverse the mediums and subjects are, from the stunning details in Ernest Lumsden’s etchings to the loose pastel sketches from Julia Beatrice How. There are small delicate pieces and large scale bright and colourful murals. I also loved how I knew some of the scenes and subjects from around Scotland.

Exhibitions like this of multiple artists using a wide range of mediums and styles are so inspiring. Everyone should see this (it would be a great school visit) as you can see that art can come in all styles, sizes and some you will like and some you will not. To me they show that there is not a right and wrong, and everyone can create their art.

Well done City Art Centre, I will be back to take it all in again. Go see it, before mid October.

City Art Centre website.

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