A weekend trip to the sea side and although it was a bit windy we sat in the sunshine and enjoyed some fish and chips looking out to Bass Rock.
Being Coeliac I cannot usually have a fish in batter as not all chippys serve a gluten free option. So it was a welcome surprise to see that the Rocketeer Restaurant in North Berwick did and I highly recommend their light and crispy batter.
The Sketcher family were in East Lothian for the day and decided to visit North Berwick for a walk along the beach and some lunch. How nice it is again to be able to travel further and eat out. Simple things that were once taken for granted, before the pandemic and lock down of 2020.
I look forward to heading out again along the coast and finding more relish foods along the way!
My latest #supportabusinesssketch is for Crumbs Cafe on Logie Green Road, just by the Tesco and cycle path. This sunny spot on the corner of Broughton Road will soon have seats outside once more, but for now you can get takeaway food and coffee for your daily walk.
These drawings in pencil and watercolour are to say thank you for keeping us all going during the pandemic 😊👍 For me coffee is my essential daily treat and a walk to get it makes it even better, as well as a hello and quick chat it makes the world of difference during the relative isolation at home.
So drop in if you are passing, and give a little back to the small businesses that are keeping us going. Also let me know by commenting below if you have a local trader who is keeping your spirits up during the pandemic.
The Sketcher Twins are getting older, 10 years old this month and I’m losing them little by little to their gadgets. But then I’m just as bad plus this morning I welcomed the chance to get my little sketching fix 🙂 Plus it’s nice listening to them giggle together.
Time to put pens and gadgets down now though and get out in that glorious sunshine. Enjoy your weekend everyone 🙂
The Sketcher family recently ordered a seafood platter from this 15th Century Leith pub and restaurant to enjoy at home. We dressed up as if going out and had a lovely night in sharing our wonderful meal. I hope we can all visit in person soon.
Visit the King’s Walk website and ask about their famous takeaway platters. We thoroughly recommend them!!
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.