Reflections of Edinburgh Fringe

Posted on Aug 14, 2019
Reflections of Edinburgh Fringe

This is the Teviot Row House, one of the student union buildings at the University of Edinburgh and throughout the Fringe Festival, the Gilded Balloon. The building has eight performance spaces, eight bars, and a café and is the oldest purpose built student Union building in the world, having been opened in 1889. As the Gilded Balloon each […]

Opera for your tiny tots

Posted on Aug 7, 2019
Opera for your tiny tots

I love the range of sights and sounds available in Edinburgh during the Fringe, one minute you are watching a dinosaur walking around Bristo Square and the next listening to opera for babies at Edinburgh Academy. Fox-Tot! is a new production from Scottish Opera directed primarily at 12 to 24 month olds but I loved […]

Festival fun in full swing

Posted on Aug 23, 2018
Festival fun in full swing

The Mound just outside the National Galleries is packed with performers this August. I love the colour and excitement of festival time in Edinburgh. The mix of people from all around the world both watching and performing in every available space around the city. It is such a happy and positive time. There are many […]

A night at the Museum

Posted on Aug 25, 2017
A night at the Museum

Last Friday I enjoyed making festival fringe collages as part of the After Hours evening at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. Similar to the successful Lates events at NMS, the After Hours nights are for adults only, with live music, food and a bar to keep guests happy. On each Friday night during the […]

A beautiful day in Edinburgh to bring the 2015 Edinburgh Festivals to a close

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
A beautiful day in Edinburgh to bring the 2015 Edinburgh Festivals to a close

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine in Scotland’s capital this afternoon and soaking up the atmosphere as Edinburgh’s many festivals build to a finale of tonight’s fireworks.   Here is a sunny sketch from inside St Andrew Square Gardens, as I was sitting eating my lunch on Friday.   I’m sure the busy thoroughfare […]

Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition Launch & Prize-giving Event

Posted on May 27, 2015
Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition Launch & Prize-giving Event

The Schools Poster Competition winner is announced today at the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile. I will be there as guest artist to say a few words and help congratulate the winner, who as well as having their design seen across the city throughout the summer, will also receive a cash prize of […]

The Underbelly has landed

Posted on Jul 31, 2014
The Underbelly has landed

Last night was the press launch of this years Underbelly Fringe Festival, and I was lucky enough to see a glimpse of what’s on offer.   It was great to be back under the gaze of the upturned coo, and as the transformed and unrecognisable Bristo Square filled with those eager to see what this […]

Fringe appeal

Posted on Aug 11, 2013

I got in a perfect position to sketch this performer and his captivated audience this week, on the Royal Mile. Now in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the street is jam packed with street acts performing, fringe acts selling their shows and tourists taking it all in.   I love to find a […]

From Fringe to Fife

Posted on Aug 8, 2013

You get fabulous views from the top of the Mound, in Edinburgh’s city centre. Down the curved road to Princes Street and it’s line of shops and through the gaps to the Firth of Forth, and Fife beyond that. Its a stunning view and one that needs to be savoured, taken-in over time… and I’ve […]


Posted on Aug 3, 2013

Sketching 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! 🙂 […]

Here we go again !!

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Royal Mile is alive with tourists, the street acts are beginning to fill the air with cries and laughter. And today the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 programme was launched. With more than 2870 shows taking part in this year’s event it is their biggest ever programme, and heralds the beginning of Edinburgh’s Festival season. […]

Fringers framed

Posted on Aug 11, 2012

Dressed in Victorian clothed they all white painted faces, black eyes and lips, and holding frames up to their faces.

Fly away festival

Posted on Aug 24, 2011

Royal Mile will begin to lose the crowds of tourists, and the fringe acts desperately trying to sell their shows.

West Parliament Square

Posted on Aug 10, 2011

Through the downpour a sea of umbrellas fill West Parliament square