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Edinburgh at Christmas

EdinburghChristmasLast week I published my first sketch video, this week the sketch and 150 limited prints are available to buy.


From the Barron Suite on The Scotsman Hotel’s seventh floor I had a superb view of Edinburgh’s Christmas festivities on Princes Street, from the Big Wheel on the left to the new for 2013 Star Flyer on the right, and standing central the Scott Monument.


Shrieks of laughter and screams of joy could be heard floating over the Waverley Station, as darkness fell and the hundreds of lights from various rides and attractions shone bright.


The original ink sketch with watercolour wash measures 297x210mm, roughly 11x8inches and is for sale for £150. Prints will be limited to 150 high quality giclee prints on heavy fine art paper, and are £25 each. Click HERE to order or have a look through the Shop above.


‘3 Pods’ of the Big Wheel in Edinburgh

BigWheel_3PodsA pen and watercolour sketch from Edinburgh Christmas’s Big Wheel in Princes Street Gardens.

I was back to sketching outdoors on my lunch break today, for the past few weeks I have been concentrating on commissions in the run up to Christmas and have let the spontaneous sketching slide.


It felt good to wander around Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets with my sketch book in hand. I wanted to capture one of the new ‘pods’ on this years Big Wheel, previously the seating on the ride has been open. I haven’t been up this year but I imagine you must feel quite protected in there. I know from previous years it can get quite chilly at the top.


The statue below the pods is a very unmoved Adam Black, an early nineteenth century Scottish publisher and politician.


Lunchtime at Hotel du Vin

Yesterday I dropped in at Hotel du Vin, just around the corner from the National Museum of Scotland. Through an archway lies the hotel courtyard and to the right the bistro, which is where I sketched this drawing from a balcony overlooking the roaring log fire below.

Pop along this Thursday 6-9pm for Hotel du Vins Christmas Market, when carols will be sung around a 12ft Christmas tree in the courtyard, and stalls will sell festive goodies perfect for last minute prezzie shopping. Mmm I can smell the mince pies already!