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Coalhill in Leith, Edinburgh

Coal Hill Leith WAI_130217Early for a meeting in Leith I found time to draw this quiet lane which looks on to Sheriff Brae.

Behind where I was drawing are bollards across the lane which narrows its way to a dead end in front of the Sandport Place bridge over the Water of Leith. Ahead you travel along Sheriff Brae to the Sikh place of worship, the Guru Nanak Gurdwara.

Previously known as St Thomas Church, this beautiful building was built in 1843 as a memorial to the Gladstone Family by Sir John Gladstone of Fasque. John Henderson was the architect, an important figure in the history of the church design of 19th century Scotland..

I love walking around the Water of Leith and finding these landmarks, sketching them and then finding out a little about their history in our ever changing city.

Read more about the Guru Nanak Gurdwara building from the Edinburgh Sikhs website.

This drawing was created on location with a 0.3 uni pin fine liner. 

The Shore, Leith with India ink

A time-lapse video of myself painting The Shore in Leith using a brush and black India ink.

My India ink sketch shows Edinburgh’s beautiful docks in Leith, and this stretch of gable ended houses line The Shore, and area of restaurants, cafe’s and pubs. Perfect for a late afternoon summers walk.

Using the India ink with a brush allows for a wide range of strokes and with a little added water a dilutted lighter hue can be achieved for shading.

Below is the scanned painting, prints of which can be bought in a mount in two sizes. 150x100mm for £18 and 290x200mm for £32. Drop me an email HERE is you would like a print.

TheShore InkPainting

Illustration painted on watercolour art paper with India ink.