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 […]

A familiar view in ink and water

Posted on Dec 4, 2019
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. […]

Castle of Light shines bright over Edinburgh

Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Castle of Light shines bright over Edinburgh

Last night Edinburgh Castle came to life with lasers, lights, fire jugglers and even a fiery dragon, and the family all loved it. With many locations around the city now being lit up for the festive period I thought I know what to expect. Projected imagery morphing the sides of each building into movable objects, […]

Autumnal West End gift card now available

Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Autumnal West End gift card now available

To celebrate sketching a window display in Edinburgh’s West End I have created a number of gift cards featuring my design. When I was asked to draw onto the glass window of Paper Tiger’s Stafford Street shop I jumped at the chance, it is great to see my sketches so big and a challenge to […]

A new skill for a new year

Posted on Jan 10, 2018
A new skill for a new year

I was very lucky this Christmas to receive a pyrography set from Mrs Sketcher and I have been having fun experimenting since. It’s always great to find a new way to be creative and from my early experiences it seems pyrography, which is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks is […]

Happy 21st Birthday to Apex Hotels

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Happy 21st Birthday to Apex Hotels

Last week Apex Hotels celebrated being 21 years old and I was invited to capture the occasion in sketches. A party was held at the magnificent Heights venue on top of the Apex Grassmarket, which has fantastic views over Edinburgh Castle. I have visited before for breakfast and here is a link to by previous […]

A limited giclee print of this new Edinburgh Castle illustration

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
A limited giclee print of this new Edinburgh Castle illustration

My latest drawing of Edinburgh Castle is available as a numbered (1 of 10) giclee print in either ‘original black’ or ‘saltire blue’. Last night I attended the festive shopping evening at the wonderful Paper Tiger shop in the West End of Edinburgh. The stafford street store is one of my newest stockists and it […]

New pens for a familiar sight of Edinburgh Castle from Inverleith Park

Posted on Aug 4, 2015
New pens for a familiar sight of Edinburgh Castle from Inverleith Park

What better view to test out some new Chameleon blending pens than that from Inverleith Park across Edinburgh. Recently I pedalled along to Inverlieth Park in the north of Edinburgh to try out some new colour pens. I had been asked to create a wee workshop or step by step guide to using the new blending pens […]

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Blogmanay, Day 3

Posted on Jan 1, 2015
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Blogmanay, Day 3

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great night. I was sketching at the world famous Edinburgh Street Party with over 80,000 revellers from around the globe.   Armed with my torch light, pen and watercolours I set off into the crowded streets of Edinburgh to see what I could capture in my […]

‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace

Posted on Jul 6, 2014
‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace

I had an excellent time today at ‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace. Super sunny vibe around the place and very funny commentator on the PA. Well done Historic Scotland and all involved. It’s on again tomorrow (Sun, 6th July) so ‘charge’ along if you can. I’m off out in the Edinburgh sunshine now to take photos of […]

Tattoo arrives at Edinburgh’s Castle Wynd Steps

Posted on May 18, 2014
Tattoo arrives at Edinburgh’s Castle Wynd Steps

There is a iron structure growing out of the Edinburgh Castle ramparts. If you look up towards Castle Rock just now no doubt you will see a number of cranes reaching up to the sky. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming to Edinburgh once again and with it the mighty structure of metal work […]

All aboard!

Posted on Jun 16, 2012

I’ve built us an ark, I think were gonna need it. You’re all welcome, it’s parked in front of the Castle.

Just a glimpse

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

This view caused me to stop my bike and pull out the pad. I like the mixture of old and new.

Rain in the city

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

Morning sketch fans, more rain showers forecast for today across the city. Anyone know who the statue of the horse and rider is for…?