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A Tynecastle sketch for Hearts Football Club

Tyncastle_ColourSaved from liquidation, if not relegation from the Scottish Premiership, let’s hope Hearts Football Club can bounce right back up into the top flight next season.


The Heart of Midlothian Football Club is named after the Old Tolbooth of Edinburgh that stood in the Royal Mile, now marked by a heart formation cobbles. I recently sketched the stones, see HERE, but have never drawn their Gorgie road stadium Tynecastle, until now.


As the club was formed in 1874 I am selling high quality giclee prints of this sketch for £18 each and limiting the number of prints to 74. Click HERE to order one of the seventy four.


  • Hearts Football Club website.


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.


Hearts celebrate

Congratulations to Hearts for lifting the Scottish Cup at the weekend, and commiserations to Hibernian who were runners up in the all Edinburgh final at Hampden. Although I missed the celebratory bus tour through Edinburgh on Sunday I thought I should mark the achievement by one of our teams with a sketch. I found a great picture on flickr taken by Stuart Montgomery, HERE is the original photograph.