Tag Archives: Bruntsfield

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!

A familiar view in ink and water

Today I sketched with a fountain pen and a water brush, but wonder if I went a little too far.

‪This is the view from Bruntsfield Place, looking towards the King’s Theatre and Edinburgh Castle. I was inspired by a Ronald Searle book a client gave me which featured the artists street drawings from Paris.

They looked to be drawn with a fountain pen or ink and a brush so I thought I would give it a go.

Not sure if I like it better without the water, but enjoyed the process of mixing on the paper. I think I just need to stop a wee bit earlier next time. ‬

Introducing my latest stockist: Thread & Heather

ThreadandHeatherThread & Heather is a new craft showcase and haberdashery/craft supply shop in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh.

A tardis of a premises situated at 131 Gilmore Place, from the outside it looks tiny but head through the door and you will find a long tunnel of unusual and bespoke gifts. Keep walking to the rear of the store to find a bright room filled with craft tools and delightful details to aid your creating.


I could of spent plenty of time with the felt and fabrics, jewellery and beads, fancy papers, cutouts and sticky things making a right mess!


Feeling creative? Then pop along and buy some beautiful ingredients to make your own gift, or have look through the treasure trove of gifts made by local artists, there is something for everyone at Thread & Heather.


The sketch is in black ink with a watercolour wash.


Thread & Heather website


DigIn, a new independent community grocer

DigInI was sketching in Bruntsfield today when I recognised the DigIn logo and banner above this wee shop on the high street.

After following the people at DigIn for a while on twitter I was aware of their goal of opening a community owned independent greengrocer in Edinburgh’s Southside.


I was glad to hear they had achieved this and opened the shop on the 1st May 2014. Full of fresh locally sourced produce I’m sure they will do well and become a favourite of Edinburgh folk not just locally but throughout the city. I wish them all the best.


My sketch was drawn on location with a fast drying pen and watercolour wash.


The DigIn website