The Mind Be Kind Festival brings happiness to Princes Street Gardens
I happened to be in Princes Street on Sunday and followed the music which led me into the gardens to a free concert in aid of Mind Be Kind
The The Well Happy Band were playing and Gail Porter was on stage, all raising awareness and positivity for mental health and well being.
Organiser and co-founder Mind Be Kind, Tania Pramschufer said: “It’s a chance to come together and take time out to enjoy music, chat and take part in activities that give us a boost for mental and physical health.”
Well done all involved
I am selling a copy of a mounted print of this sketch from the day, for £24 with £5 from each going to the Mind Be Kind crowdfunding page so hopefully this festival for mental and physical health can become an annual event in Edinburgh.
The Haven cafe provides fresh and tasty fry ups from its Anchorfield home in Newhaven.
With friendly staff, fresh made to order food and scrummy home baked cakes it is no wonder this popular cafe is always busy. I love the fact I have a wall of framed artwork for sale there as it gives me the perfect reason to visit!
The Banana Flats sketch, top left is a giclee print which I have added watercolour too to create an original piece, is £49. The square Victoria Bridge, top right is also a giclee print from an original watercolour painted on location in Leith, and that is £65 in the frame.
A true locals secret this place is well worth a visit if in Leith, and much, much better value than many close by. Plus the walls are full of local artwork, what more do you want!
Can you tell me where in Scotland I have sketched today?
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 April is one of my brand new stone lithography prints of Edinburgh Castle, which I am currently creating in a class at Edinburgh Printmakers. Here is a photo of the prints so far.
Winner will receive one of only six prints chosen by Edinburgh Sketcher.
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 3rd April 2017’.
My latest drawing of Edinburgh Castle is available as a numbered (1 of 10) giclee print in either ‘original black’ or ‘saltire blue’.
Last night I attended the festive shopping evening at the wonderful Paper Tiger shop in the West End of Edinburgh. The stafford street store is one of my newest stockists and it was a pleasure to meet some of the customers and talk about my work which is currently on sale inside.
For the event I created a new sketch of Edinburgh Castle and had printed just ten copies in original black and ten copies in saltire blue, which I signed, numbered and mounted to fit frames of 400 x 300 mm.
The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability. The results are amazing and hard to differentiate from the original.
The prints are priced at £50 each and available from the stafford street branch of Paper Tiger. To reserve one of these very limited pieces of Edinburgh art call them on +44 131 226 2390 or via the website below.
It is a privilege to capture such a special day with my watercolours.
As a wedding sketcher I attend the event and move around in the background drawing the details which catch my eye, like the flower arrangements, personal decorations, architectural details and colourful guests!
Slightly nervous at first I always relax into it once the first sketch is done, and soon have a sketch book full of pen and watercolour illustrations which capture the day in an original way.
Key locations or events to sketch during the day can be discussed before hand but I always like to draw the ceremony and venue exterior.
Above are a few of my wedding books which I have printed with all the sketches and some hand written notes for the bride and groom. Originals and prints can also be purchased as part of the tailored service.
A Wedding Sketcher package creates a personal, original memory of your special day, and also can be a perfect present for the bride and groom who have everything!
Leave a message below for more information and I will be in touch, or email me on email@example.com
A new dog portrait, a beautiful retriever working in the fields as a gundog, captured in black ink and watercolour.
The original commission is roughly 200x150mm and drawn in black ink with a watercolour wash over the top. Drawn from a photograph my portraits take about a week and can be framed in simple black or white frames with white mounts. Prices start at £65 for a sketch 100x150mm, the above larger drawing was £125, in black only it would be £95.
Prints of this image are available to buy. Limited to just 75, each a high quality giclee print, signed and numbered and shipped in protected packaging worldwide. Follow the link below to order your copy for just £35 plus postage.
After a week learning about lithographic printing at Jane Street Printing in Leith, I and the Sketcher Twins were inspired to make our own prints this weekend.
Using coins, fingers and brushes we ‘spent’ the morning making marks on several pieces of paper, a montage of which I have added here. And a tip if you are inspired to do the same, the less paint you have on the coin the better the print, up to a point.
For the past few weeks my WhereArtI quiz has been running in the Edinburgh Evening News newspaper as well as on the EdinburghSketcher website, twitter and facebook pages.
I’m very pleased to say this is to continue and each week a reader has the chance of winning a bottle of whisky by entering the competition through the paper.
Thank you to all at the Edinburgh Evening News for your continued support for EdinburghSketcher. Below is how the WhereArtI competition looks in print, make sure you grab a copy and play along every Monday.
Over 1200 likes on facebook and 3000 followers on twitter for my daily sketch blog of life in Edinburgh
Thanks to everyone for your continued support, and to say thank you I will be giving away a signed and numbered quality print to someone tomorrow, Friday 8th November.
I’ll place a post on facebook which you can ‘like’ to enter the draw, and similarly I’ll post a tweet on twitter which if you retweet will enter you in the draw. Then I’ll pick a winner on Saturday morning. Simple 🙂 Good luck and thanks again for supporting Edinburgh Sketcher.
This winter sketch is from Boxing Day last year, see the full sketch here.
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