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Painting Portobello in April showers

PortobelloBeach_noprintToday I visited Portobello promenade, a great place to take a stroll along the seaside and feel the sand under your feet.

Unsettled is a good word for the weather, glorious sunshine against dark skies followed by brief showers of cold rain. I sketched from the beach between showers to create this piece which includes drops of rain and grains of sand.

This piece is drawn on 220gsm paper with black ink and watercolour. It measures 250x160mm and is this months never to be printed original sketch, for sale for £150 in a mount or £175 in a frame. 

Contact me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com to purchase this one off sketch, first come first served. 

Below are a couple of photos from the beach.



Portobello Regatta 2011

A busy day at Portobello yesterday as this years Regatta got under way. This is only the second year a Regatta has been held in the area for over thirty years.  The ‘skiff’ boats were raced yesterday and very exciting they were as teams rowed out around a triangle course and then back to the cheering crowds waiting on the beach.

The sun was strong and my family and I enjoyed a picnic on the grass behind the beach, from where the sketch was drawn. Today the sun looks set to shine on the coast once more, and there is plenty to see as a wide range of boats will head out into the water. There are also cake stalls, musicians, and beach races to keep you entertained. So head down to the coast for a great day on the beach.

For more info see http://rowporty.org.uk/portobello-regatta-2011

The local seaside

A Sunday afternoon without mobiles and laptops was heaven, and where better to spend it than on the beach at Portobello. We had a great splash around with the twins at Portobello Swim Centre, albeit with a stressful changing episode (Edinburgh Leisure please note: having only 1 of the 3 family rooms available is not helpful)

I recommend the Beach House for a coffee and a delightful piece of home made cake, all with great views out to sea.

The sketch is the view from sitting on what appeared to be what was left of a washed away pier, like a thick wooden fence stretching out into the water.