This is the Art & Craft Collective in Causewayside, just past the Meadows.
I have been part of the collective for over a year now and I love to make specific artwork for this shop/gallery. Often putting originals of the Meadows on show here as well as prints and other merchandise.
Recently I have noticed how many of my retailers, which are all local independant bsuinesses, are having a hard time since the lock down has been lifted and with it the provision of grants and financial help.
As there are hardly any tourists this year and locals are staying home as much as possible the high street shops are suffering with more and more are having to close.
I think it is vital we support these businesses, restaurants, pubs and hotels which are a huge part of Edinburgh’s appeal during normal circumstances and something we need to support and make sure don’t disappear.
Inspired to draw a small sketch each morning before beginning my work.
Whilst watching last nights TV – a catch up of the brilliant Grayson Perry’s Art Club on 4od and especially the feature on painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling who starts every day with a drawing to get in the rhythm, I was inspired to do the same.
So here is mine today, Mocha, my muse again. This time in pencil with a wee dash of watercolour. Now to my commissions. Have a great day 😊
Such 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 🙂
Today’s drawing of Southerness Lighthouse in Dumfries & Galloway on the Solway Firth coast.
I started with a pencil drawing of the lighthouse from our ideally situated holiday cottage, before adding colour with the subtle shades of the Spectrum Aqua Blend watercolour pencils from Crafter’s Companion UK.
One of the main landmarks in the village of Southerness is this lighthouse which was built in 1749 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland.
Once happy with my colouring I added a little water with a brush which smoothed the pencil strokes without losing the fine texture of pencil shading.
Let me know what you think of this style, it’s a little different from my usual heavy pen strokes.
Today’s sketch was made using Spectrum Aqua Blend watercolour pencils.
For this drawing of Bellevue Terrace I skipped the usual fine liner and drew with a 2b pencil instead.
I pass this street almost daily and love the way the Georgian terrace curves from Bellevue to East Claremont Street. I often wonder about the shape of the rooms inside, and the gardens to the back. I guess I could see them on Google Street View now.
I like the softer touch of pencil, its always good to have a change from the norm 😉
Drawn on location with pencil, and a watercolour wash.
Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched?
If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning, and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’ for the month. At the end of the month those on the wall will be entered into a draw to receive a prize.
The prize for March is one of my Victoria Street cotton tea towels, which can also be bought through my Etsy shop HERE. Currently I have three designs: Edinburgh Castle, The Shore in Leith and Victoria Street.
Usually the answer will be within the Edinburgh boundaries, but on the first Monday of the month the competition is Scotland wide. Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed.
I hope you join us to play along and keep looking up and noticing the details in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next time!
Enter via the link above or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘WhereArtI 20th March 2017’.
A day of wonder for all the family, out at East Fortune Airfield.
The Sketcher family are regular visitors to the National Museums of Scotland on Chambers street and whilst there recently twin number one noticed, rather appropriately, a flyer for the Museum of Flight in East Fortune.
A place I had long thought of visiting and the February break seemed the ideal time to make the 45 minute drive East to the former Royal Air Force base.
East Fortune has a long been a training camp for young pilots and although no longer used as an airfield it is good to see the base is still teaching and inspiring visitors both young and old.
In the new military and civil aviation hangars, which opened last spring following a major redevelopment, you can find out how aeroplanes have helped to connect communities, allowing people to travel short distances more easily. The twins loved listening to personal stories from Highlanders and Islanders who use these flights regularly.
I remember Concord flying into Edinburgh on it’s final flight here around ten years ago and it was great to see her again and be able to take the kids on board, they loved seeing the cockpit and all those buttons – I can’t imagine trying to remember what they all do! Sitting in her own hangar surrounded by memorabilia, news cuttings and history films Concord was the star of the show.
The activity hangar full of experiments, simulators and interactive fun was a favourite for the twins, for me it was great to get so close to so many huge planes, and to sketch my way around too!
Today I thought I’d show my sketching tools which I take around with me, my must have items to help me sketch on the go.
It’s changed over the years as I’ve tried new mediums and left others out to save space and time. Most of it wraps up in a neat leather case so I can carry it round with me at all times.
I love to see behind the scenes of a picture, meeting the artist and learning a little more about how they work adds to my appreciation of a piece of work. So I thought I’d share my tools of the trade with you.
Do you have a sketch kit you take everywhere and if o how does it differ from mine?
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