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From the New Town to Fife

HoweStreet_viewThe view from the New Town in Edinburgh down Howe Street and over the Firth of Forth into Fife is one of my favourites in Edinburgh.

I’m lucky enough to see this view most days, in all seasons. But this week, on a sunny spring day I had to stop the car and sketch it. The Church in the foreground is St Stephens Church and if you follow the road to the left you drop into Stockbridge, a beautiful part of the city full of eateries and charity shops.

The sketch is in fast drying black ink with a watercolour wash over the top. The original is still for sale and prints are available from my shop, starting at £18.

I’m Curious about this new Edinburgh tearoom

CuriousTeaRoomsShopping in town today and noticed a new tear room on Frederick Street, above a sweety shop too.


Definitely worth a revisit as I didn’t have time to stop at the Curious Tea Rooms for a cuppa today. Just a wee sketch then, perhaps the next one here will be from one of those windows looking out!

The sketch is in black ink on location, colour added digitally later.



FrederickStTattooSketching on Frederick Street this evening, soaking up the Fringe atmosphere and waiting for my take-away Chinese to be cooked. Suddenly woosh! – these two jets flashed across the skies, and my sketch.


They fly low over every night while the Tattoo is on at Edinburgh Castle, and what a noise they make! 🙂

In the background of the sketch you will see the Tattoo stands, erected each year for the event. If you are visiting the Tattoo have a fabulous time, by all accounts it is quite a spectacle. I’m not sure who the statue is of at the top of the road, can anyone tell me?


This sketch shows a return to my Letraset pens I was using a few months back, much quicker and less fiddley than the watercolour, and more vivid colours.


Below is the black and white version, before I added the colour.