Tag Archives: Canongate

Exciting times at the Palace of Holyrood House

Queens Gallery at HolyroodAs we enter our second week of March the temperature in Edinburgh is little above freezing causing my outdoor sketching sessions to become shorter and shorter!

I was at the Palace of HolyroodHouse this morning for a meeting and update on the interesting changes soon to be happening there over the next two years. Changes including a learning centre which I hope run a series of exclusive workshops from.

Also very exciting is the plan to open up the palace forecourt to the public, currently only accessible to visitors buying a ticket.

I will let you know more about my workshops at the palace once they are confirmed and in the mean time you can find out more about the upcoming changes at HolyroodHouse from the link below.

Palace of Holyroodhouse website

Queens Gallery at Holyrood - photo

An upcoming sketch and history tour at Canongate Kirk

CanongateKirk_gateAfter the success of my in residence Sketch Workshops at Lauriston Castle join me for my next class, which is combined with a history tour and will take place within the grounds of Canongate Kirk on Saturday 5th September.

Together with The Friends Of The Canongate Kirk charity you will learn about the residents of the Royal Mile’s Canongate Kirk, which dates back to the 17th Century. Plus learn speed sketching skills and pen and ink drawing techniques that will build confidence and enable you to create your own pieces of art on location.


The tour runs form 3-5pm on Saturday 5th September and is £20 per adult with children under 16 years of age just £5. For more information and to book your place on the one off limited tour call Laura at TFOTCK on 07783 293594


I look forward to seeing you there!


The Friends Of The Canongate Kirk on facebook


Calton Hill, from the Canongate Kirk Yard

CanongateKirkyardGraveyards can be beautiful places to draw in, the contrast between precise stone sculpture and overgrown, wild, natural habitation has always been a favourite for art students.

I am often to be found sketching in church yards around Edinburgh and over the years Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile has become a favourite of mine. When I first started drawing for a living I sketched the kirk quite often for wedding stationary and invites for clients due to be married at the 17th-century church.


Current building work being carried out behind the Kirk may well change this view which I sketched last summer. I hope not too much as the view over to Calton Hill and the Old Royal High School is delightful.


Below is a sketch of the front of the Canongate Kirk, both drawn in black ink with a watercolour wash.




Canongate Kirk website