Pussy cat portrait

Posted on Jun 15, 2020
Pussy cat portrait

A recent commission of a beautiful cat had me stepping out of my comfort zone, which is always good if a little daunting. I love how this puddy cat turned out. One of my first commissions of the lock down and as it was a gift I couldn’t share it right away. Here are a […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on Jun 8, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 8th June Can you tell me where I have sketched? A little late today but I bet many of you recognise this Edinburgh landmark… even if you aren’t commuting past it every day just now. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, […]

Online workshops in June

Posted on Jun 7, 2020
Online workshops in June

This month I am joining Cassandra Harrison to bring you a three session workshop online. Whilst we may not be drawing outside as much as usual why not join us once a week for an hour of online creativity.  Cassandra Harrison is an artist and teacher who creates beautiful bright and colour street scenes. Together […]

Volunteers create thousands of PPE facemasks from Summerhall

Posted on Jun 1, 2020
Volunteers create thousands of PPE facemasks from Summerhall

I recently found out about an extraordinary group of engineers who have given their time to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. The Edinburgh Shield Force are a grass roots volunteer initiative running out of their Summerhall premises, in Edinburgh’s Southside. Whilst perfecting their initial design of one using foam to one using a […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on Jun 1, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 1st June Can you tell me where I have sketched? A little late today but I bet many of you recognise this Edinburgh landmark… even if you aren’t commuting past it every day just now. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, […]

Flowers in the sunshine

Posted on May 29, 2020
Flowers in the sunshine

Spending time in the glorious sunshine just now in Edinburgh and sketching in my garden. This flower is a Scabiosa, which has beautiful purple ball shaped heads on single stalks. But to be honest we picked it from the garden centre as it sounded like a Harry Potter spell. I thought I would draw this […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on May 25, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 25th May Can you tell me where I have sketched? A little late today but I bet many of you recognise this Edinburgh landmark… even if you aren’t commuting past it every day just now. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, […]

Edinburgh Skyline in Rainbow

Posted on May 21, 2020
Edinburgh Skyline in Rainbow

My lock down influenced rainbow sketch of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. I had previously added a rainbow to my Leith Shore print, which you can see HERE but for this week thought about drawing a sketch from the start with rainbow colours. This view is the iconic capital skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle and the clock tower […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on May 18, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 18th May Can you tell me where I have sketched? This is a sketch from late last year at a wedding I attended, which should give you a clue to its location. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, which I will […]

Colour on the castle

Posted on May 16, 2020
Colour on the castle

Hello all, here is a wee project for your Saturday afternoon – have a go painting with colour only. This is mine of Edinburgh Castle from this morning, using a water brush and travel set of watercolours I started with a light shade, drawing in the top edge of the castle where it hits the sky. Like […]

Mocha by my side

Posted on May 14, 2020
Mocha by my side

Inspired to draw a small sketch each morning before beginning my work. Whilst watching last nights TV – a catch up of the brilliant Grayson Perry’s Art Club on 4od and especially the feature on painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling who starts every day with a drawing to get in the rhythm, I was inspired […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on May 11, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 11th May Can you tell me where I have sketched? As we enter our sixth, or is it seventh week in lock down I have dipped into the archive for this weeks puzzler. But can you name this city centre location? Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show […]

Princes Street during the 2020 lock down

Posted on May 6, 2020
Princes Street during the 2020 lock down

During the second week of the current Covid-19 lock down I cycled through the city and took some photos of the empty streets. The images are so strange, especially as it was a glorious sunny April day in the capital and yet the streets were empty. There was an eery quietness to the city, you […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on May 4, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 4th May Can you tell me where I have sketched? As we enter our sixth, or is it seventh week in lock down I have dipped into the archive for this weeks puzzler. But can you name this city centre location? Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show […]