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new discoveries in dunbar

What a lovely place Dunbar is, and just an hours drive away from Edinburgh.

Headed east today for a meeting in Dunbar, such a beautiful harbour town with a spectacular coast that I need to visit more often. The rocks around the coast are amazing and I look forward to returning with the family for some rock pooling.

I took a walk down by the cliffs and loved the stacks of rocks on the beach, someone’s been very busy! I later heard it was the result of the recent European Stone Stacking Championships, which was held here.

I sketched the piles of rocks and then the rocky island in the bay, just to the right. I look forward to returning to Dunbar soon and sketching at the harbour.

A trip to Elie in Fife

On Sunday the family and I took a trip over the bridge into Fife and a drive along the coast took us to Elie.

A fabulous place, beautiful and so pretty with a couple of idyllic sandy bays to explore.

It was a little colder and a little cloudier than our visit a couple of weeks ago but still so beautiful. We swam in the bay ( with our new wet suits on) and explored the rock pools before having a delicious lunch at The Ship Inn, Elie, which has this idyllic view of the bay.

I can’t wait to return, but need a kayak to take back with me. Hi


Southerness Lighthouse on the Solway Firth

imageToday’s drawing of Southerness Lighthouse in Dumfries & Galloway on the Solway Firth coast.

I started with a pencil drawing of the lighthouse from our ideally situated holiday cottage, before adding colour with the subtle shades of the Spectrum Aqua Blend watercolour pencils from Crafter’s Companion UK.


One of the main landmarks in the village of Southerness is this lighthouse which was built in 1749 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland.

Once happy with my colouring I added a little water with a brush which smoothed the pencil strokes without losing the fine texture of pencil shading.


Let me know what you think of this style, it’s a little different from my usual heavy pen strokes.

Today’s sketch was made using Spectrum Aqua Blend watercolour pencils.

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