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A cloudy view to Broughton St Marys Parish Church

There is beauty evening the dull cloudy days here in Edinburgh.

I have been practicing my clouds recently, and this dull morning last week was perfect for combining some grey clouds with a little perspective sketching, plus a lovely church in the centre.

As often happens I was driving along the road when I spotted the stunning composition of tis view and had to pull over and sketch.

I then spent the next five minutes finding the place to park the car, to get the best angle to paint from – as it was baltic outside!!

This sketch was drawn with a 0.3 fineliner and then a watercolour wash over the top. This sketch is available (from £18) as a print on my Etsy shop HERE.

Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

Heart_of_MidlothianThe Heart of Midlothian sits outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.


St Valentines Day and what better a sketch than that of the heart-shaped mosaic, made from coloured granite and which lies on the spot where once stood a prison and public execution site!


You may well see passers by spitting on the heart for good luck, a practice thought to originate from a sign of disdain for the former prison. I always thought that there was once a dungeon below and folk would spit on the prisoners as they passed but it seems I was mistaken. The crest of one of Edinburgh’s two Premier League football teams, Heart of Midlothian is based upon the mosaic.


The sketch is black fine liner with a watercolour wash over the top.