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Edinburgh Zoo has a new exhibit

Dinosaur_EdinburghZooFrom the 3rd April to 1st November 2015 a number of animatronic dinosaurs will be visiting the city zoo.

On a recent visit to Edinburgh Zoo what I first thought to be a crane towering above a fence in the distance turned out to be this beautiful dinosaur.

 

For a number of weeks the highest part of the 82 acre site has been kept under wraps, as a number of animatronic dinosaurs have move in.

 

Dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago, and these man made replicas have been brought to Edinburgh as part of ‘Dinosaurs Return!’ highlighting the plight of animals around the world close to extinction.

 

Dinosaurs Return! opens to the public on April 3rd. But if you are at the zoo before then keep your eyes peeled, you may get an early glimpse.

 

Edinburgh Zoo website

The WhereArtI Quiz, 30th March

ES_300315Morning Edinburgh and welcome to WhereArtI – the weekly sketch quiz, can you locate this week’s drawing?¬†

 

There are points on offer for the first three correct answers and bragging rights for a week ūüôā Keep an eye on the¬†facebook¬†and¬†twitter¬†throughout the day¬†for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end of the day.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin

Sketches from Scotland’s partial eclipse

SolarEclipse_2015This morning there was an eclipse of the sun with people all over the world hoping to see the rare event.

Although in Scotland it was a partial eclipse creating a dusk like darkness in Edinburgh, other areas around the world were plunged into darkness as the Moon came between Earth and the Sun.

 

(Surprised to see clear skies) I hastily pricked a hole through a piece of card so I could see the resultant crescent shaped highlight in the shadow of the card. I realise now the shape created within the cards shadow was a reverse of what you would see if looking directly at the sun, but was much safer.

 

I traced over the shape created on my pad at different intervals to create the doodles above. Even in times of global chat and video links it was very exciting to think millions of people were watching a variation of the same event all around the world.

 

Learn more about the eclipse at the BBC News link below, and if you missed this one there will be another in August, 2026.

 

BBC News eclipse coverage

The WhereArtI Quiz, 16th March

ES_WAI160315WhereArtI Monday and this week it’s a relatively new building… but where in Edinburgh is it?

There are points on offer for the first three correct answers and bragging rights for a week ūüôā Keep an eye on the¬†facebook¬†and¬†twitter¬†throughout the day¬†for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end of the day.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.

Fine Scottish dining at the Scotsman Hotel

TasteofScotland_MenuThe North Bridge Brasserie within the Scotsman Hotel offers an exquisite five course ‘Taste of Scotland’ menu.

I’m a huge fan of good food, and all things Scottish so when I heard that chef Paul Hart had combined the two in a fine dining multi – tasting experience, ¬†I had to try it… and sketch it.

We began with perfectly cooked, hand dived Orkney scallops. Followed by haggis neeps and tatties, then Loch Etive seatrout and Shetland mussels. We travelled the country, all from our North Bridge Edinburgh base.

The finale (just as Mrs Sketcher and I thought we could fit in not a morsel more) was perfectly chosen. The Granny Smith apple and savarin cheesecake was light as a feather, the accompanying sorbet so refreshing.

Head Chef Paul combines locally sourced ingredients at their freshest,  and is constantly tweaking and adapting his menu to suit the seasons. In my sketch above I have tried to describe all five courses of a superb Scottish dining experience, but there is no substitute for tasting the real thing and for that I suggest booking a table at the link below.

 

The North Bridge Brasserie website

The Scotsman Hotel website

 

Sketches from Murrayfield as Scotland take on Italy

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On Saturday I was lucky enough to sketch at Murrayfield Stadium, home of Scottish rugby as Scotland took on Italy in the RBS Six Nations. These are my sketches from what was a fantastic spectacle, albeit with a disappointing scoreline.

 

Leading until the final seconds Scotland made the best start with an excellent try securing a 10-0 lead but the Italians came back stron causing the score at half time, as you can see from the sketch above to be 16-15.

 

With a record breaking crowd of over 60,000 filling the stadium the atmosphere was electric but unfortunately most went home dissapointed. The second half became a case of hanging on for the Scots and as the clocked ticked down Italy took the lead.  Click the images below for larger versions.

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As the rain came down over Murrayfield the supporters spilled out into the streets, my final sketch below seeing three Scotland fans on the walk home.

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Scottish Rugby website

Italian Rugby website

Murrayfield Experience website

The WhereArtI Quiz, 2nd March

WAI020315WhereArtI time, can you tell me where I am sketching this week? As it’s the first WhereArtI of the month the answer could be anywhere in Scotland…

 

There are points on offer for the first three correct answers and bragging rights for a week ūüôā Keep an eye on the¬†facebook¬†and¬†twitter¬†throughout the day¬†for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end of the day.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.

The WhereArtI Quiz, 16th February

ES_WAI160215Morning Edinburgh, any ideas where I am sketching this week? If you do have a guess below.

 

There are points on offer for the first three correct answers and bragging rights for a week ūüôā Keep an eye on the¬†facebook¬†and¬†twitter¬†throughout the day¬†for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end of the day.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.

Make a lovelist for the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.

LoveListsMMECThe MMEC in Edinburgh researches epilepsy and the causes of the condition in the hope of finding new treatments and prevention strategies.

St Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy and until the 14th February the MMEC have asked members of the public to list five of their most loved things. Using the hashtag #lovvelistsmmec photos of the lists can then be shared on social media, raising awareness of this tragic condition.

 

The list is five items long to highlight the fact that five out of every one hundred people will have an epileptic seizure at some point in their lives, a shocking statistic.

 

Take part by listing, or sketching as I have done, your love list and posting it online with the hashtag #lovelistsmmec. You can also donate two pounds by texting MMEC14£2 to 70070.

 

Can you name my five love list items?!

 

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre website

 

The WhereArtI Quiz, 2nd February

WAI0202158am on a Monday morning is WhereArtI time, I sketch and you tell me where. Usually in Edinburgh but as it’s the first of the month the answer could be anywhere in Scotland. Can you locate this week’s sketch?

 

The 2015 leaderboard is beginning to take shape, and with points on offer for the first three correct answers all is to play for. Keep an eye on the facebook and twitter throughout the day for clues if they are needed. Answer to come this time tomorrow.

 

If you would like to donate a prize for the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.

 

Remember WhereArtI runs every Monday in the Edinburgh Evening News with a fantastic prize each week. You could win a bottle of Edinburgh Gin plus a tour of their city centre distillery. Buy a copy today to find out more.