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New season; new medium

Crocuses in Victoria ParkSuch a beautiful day yesterday in Edinburgh, (not so much today!) but there is definitely a feeling of spring In the capital.

I took some photos of the multicoloured crocuses in Victoria Park to create this drawing. Not really a new medium but one I don’t usually use: pencil crayons. For this drawing I’m trying some new @spectrumnoir ColourBlend pencils over the top of my usual black ink fineliner pen. Let me know what you think.

With the recent Spring Equinox meaning the daytime is now longer than the night time we can look forward to long warm evenings and commuting to and from work in the light. Very exciting especially after the recent freezing temperatures.

I thought this might make a nice Easter card. Happy #Spring Day everyone 🙂

SpectrumNoir Colourblend pencils are available from the Crafter’s Companion website here.

Spring has sprung with the colourful crocuses popping up all around Edinburgh

Crocuses VictoriaParkSigns of Spring: Lighter in the evenings, feeling warm in sheltered sunshine, and multicoloured crocuses flooding the capitals green spaces.

I love this time of year, although I love most times of the year in Edinburgh. I think it is the change I like, just when you have had enough of one season another comes along to brighten the mood and make you see yor surroundings in a new way.

Especially in Scotland, where we often get many seasons in one day of course!

These crocuses were drawn in Victoria Park on Ferry Road in Edinburgh, with a black fine liner with a quick watercolour wash over the top.

The warmer weather is making me want to sketch outdoors more and more, check out my Sketching Days page for outdoor workshops coming soon where you can come along and draw with me.

Spring beckons as crocuses appear around Edinburgh

VictoriaPark_CrocusesAt this time of year signs that spring and then summer are on their way are very welcome.

This week I’ve been noticing more and more the parks and cities green spaces have been exploding into colour as firstly the snow drops and now the crocuses and daffodils come into their own. Over the coming weeks the colours will only intensify and Edinburgh Council has to take some of the credit in making our city look so beautiful at this time of year.


The above sketch on Victoria Park in North Edinburgh was drawn between showers on a bright, cloudy, wet and sunny day in the capital. Enjoy the colour and energy of the current floral display, and why not try and capture it in a watercolour sketch?

Signs that Spring has sprung

Crocus_2014Looking for signs of spring today, and what better than these beautiful crocuses sketched in Edinburgh today.

I seem to have been scouring the embankments and park lands for weeks looking for these flourishes of colour which herald the new season and the promise of warmer weather ahead. And then all of a sudden they are everywhere, and so seems the sun this week. Long may it continue!!