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great fish and chips

My next #supportabusinesssketch is for the famous City Restaurant on Nicolson Street just by the Festival Theatre.

This place serves great gluten free fish and chips and deserves a shout out for staying open during these tough times. My family love their big portions and American diner atmosphere, plus they have great viws from upstairs for watching the busy city folk going about their business.

Pop in and help support a local business.

I am using these sketches to practice my pencil and watercolour sketching, omitting my usual black fineliner to create a softer look.

If you know a hidden gem of a small independant business in the city, who deserves a sketch for their efforts staying open during the current pandemic then let me know. I will pick ones to sketch during the coming weeks.

Cafe portraits

‘Catching up over a cup of tea’

I was up sketching in the cafe of John Lewis this week, early for a meeting. I love trying to capture people in my sketches, although I find it hard.

It can be tough to communicate the movement, curves, colours and characteristics of a real life person, compared to a non moving straight forward building!!

I do like the resulting portraits though, a moment in time, un-posed and natural. What do you think?

Coffee before meeting

This morning I discovered the Tasty Buns Bakery on Bread Street, and promised myself I would return for cake!

The weather outside was freezing cold and this welcoming wee cafe was perfect – the silky smooth latte even better.

I felt the blood returning to my fingers as I sketched this doddle from my chair.

The meeting was a success, and I know have work to do in doors through the oncoming snow season!

The Tasty Buns twitter feed

New art in the Haven cafe, in Leith

haven prints photoThe Haven cafe provides fresh and tasty fry ups from its Anchorfield home in Newhaven.

With friendly staff, fresh made to order food and scrummy home baked cakes it is no wonder this popular cafe is always busy. I love the fact I have a wall of framed artwork for sale there as it gives me the perfect reason to visit!

The Banana Flats sketch, top left is a giclee print which I have added watercolour too to create an original piece, is £49. The square Victoria Bridge, top right is also a giclee print from an original watercolour painted on location in Leith, and that is £65 in the frame.

A true locals secret this place is well worth a visit if in Leith, and much, much better value than many close by. Plus the walls are full of local artwork, what more do you want!

The Haven Cafe website

 

Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

VictorHugos pencil doodleThis Edinburgh deli has been a strong favourite of Mrs Sketcher and I for a long time, ever since we discovered it as a haven of normality when our baby was staying at the Sick Kids hospital.

Almost six years later and we still love sitting in the window looking out over the Meadows as we sip cappuccinos and let our worries fade into daydreams.

Sketcher Twin 1 had an appointment at Rillbank this afternoon and so found ourselves there once again but this time looking through sparkly Christmas stars in the window, and doodling with Sketcher Twin 2. I will miss this place when the hospital moves out to Little France next year, and the views over the ever changing Meadows Park.

Today’s drawing doodled in pencil

Victor Hugos Delicatessen twitter page.

A friendly welcome at the ever popular Haven Cafe in Newhaven

TheHavenCafe insideMy favourite cafe in Edinburgh and coincidentally one of the first locations to show my work!

This week I popped in to The Haven Cafe which is situated opposite the Chancelot Mill at 9 Anchorfield,
Edinburgh to restock my wall of sketches and grab a gluten free bacon buttie and mug of tea.

The Haven serves the best breakfast in Edinburgh and their relaxed atmosphere, vintage decor and superb home style baking makes this Newhaven landmark a favourite pit stop of mine.

Since 2011 the Havenettes have been serving fine food to the people of Edinburgh and almost as long had a gallery of Edinburgh Sketcher prints for sale on their wall.

Pop in for a bite to eat and check out my seaside inspired wall of sketches, all framed and available to buy off the wall.

Sketch made on location in fineliner and watercolour. 

The Haven Cafe online.

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The Café Royal, on West Register Street.

CafeRoyal_colourThe Café Royal is a true Edinburgh landmark, with its beautiful lines and exquisite stonework it has long been a building I have wanted to draw.

Designed by architect Robert Paterson the elegant stained glass and Victorian plaster work make this a stunning building, especially when light up at night which it was when I visited just before Christmas.

Although there is currently plenty of construction work going on around the building, I was glad to find out The Café Royal is listed and will be preserved for future generations to appreciate its beauty.

This drawing was created for a Christmas present commission in December, it measured 25cm square and cost £145. If you would like to discuss commissioning and original drawing email me here.

This sketch was made with black ink and watercolour, both the colour and a black only version can be purchased as a mounted print from just £19.50. Email me for more information.

The Café Royal website

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Victoria Sponge Sunday

VictoriaSpongeIt looks a lovely Sunday out there but if the showers do return there’s no better place to take cover than the Modern Art Gallery.

Just fifteen minutes walk from Princes Street through Edinburgh’s stunning west end the gallery is easily accessible and a great place to have lunch or afternoon coffee and cake, surrounded by interesting and thought provoking art work.

I stopped by recently, and was delighted to find this gluten free victoria sponge in the Cafe Modern One.

This sketch was drawn in black ink with a watercolour wash.

 

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art website

A Leap Day Hot Chocolate with my daughter

Coro_HotChocolateI hope you are all enjoying your extra day of 2016

I spent the morning enjoying a delicious hot chocolate at Coro, the chocolate cafe on Howard Street before heading for a chilly but fun walk around the ever stunning Royal Botanical Gardens.

 

Being a leap year 2016 has 366 days this year, so enjoy your Leap Day everyone, there is still time to do something special 🙂

 

Sketch drawn on location in fine liner pen. Coloured with watercolour later. 

 

Coro, the chocolate cafe on Facebook

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh website

 

Corstorphine in Edinburgh is the latest area to welcome Mimi’s Bakehouse

ES_Mimis_CorstorphineColourAfter successful launches in firstly The Shore, Leith and more recently the High Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Mimi’s Bakehouse has today opened the doors on their Corstorphine branch.

I visited earlier this week to sketch the exterior of their St John’s Road store, so you will recognise it as you search for your coffee and cake fix this afternoon.

 

Do pop in and try their now famous home baking and wish them well on what I’m sure will be another hugely popular branch of their family run business.

 

Sketch in fine liner pen with a watercolour wash.

 

Mimi’s Bakehouse website.