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Edinburgh Skyline in Rainbow

My lock down influenced rainbow sketch of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline.

I had previously added a rainbow to my Leith Shore print, which you can see HERE but for this week thought about drawing a sketch from the start with rainbow colours.

This view is the iconic capital skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle and the clock tower of the Balmoral hotel on Princes Street.

I started with a pencil sketch of the skyline and then from that top edge drew a block of watercolour down the page.

After leaving to dry I then started added darker washes of each colour to pick out the shadows in the photo. With each darker layer the painting gained more depth.

You can currently buy the original painting which is 297x210mm for £150, which includes recorded delivery. Plus 20% for this sale goes to the NHS Lothian Covid-19 Appeal. More info HERE

Also you can buy prints from £20 from my Etsy shop HERE, with 10% from all print sales of this piece going to the NHS Lothian Covid-19 Appeal.

Ingenious rainbows to coincide with World Book Day

Another fantastic idea for adding colourful rainbows to your windows for those to see on their daily walks.

I posted last week about the rainbows currently popping up in peoples windows to give thanks to those working during the Covid-19 lock down and how I love to see them when out.

This one is made of a stack of books in one of our neighbours windows. I had spotted it last week and then went looking for it again so I could photograph and make this sketch.

Just by a strange coincidence it happens to be World Book Day today also, which makes it doubly fantastic! I know for my children, now 9 years old that books are a huge part of their lives and especially at the moment they can provide an escape from the lock down.

Stay home and stay safe everyone.

Giving thanks during the lockdown

Rainbows bring colour and hope to neighbours windows during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the current Covid-19 lock down when everyone stays at home apart from our daily walk for exercise it is wonderful to see so many rainbows in peoples windows.

I think the rainbows in windows idea started as a fun game for children to spot the decorations on their daily walks but has now become a way of saying thank you to NHS staff and key workers who our going out to work, putting themselves at risk to look after those who need care.

When I am out on my walk with my family I know the colourful windows really lift our spirits during this strange time when a lot of what we take for granted, like seeing loved ones and having a day out are no longer possible.

I wanted to capture a few of these with my sketches and put them up on my virrtual window, for a lot more people to see. I will try and do a few more and I hope you like them and they make you smile 🙂

Sending a little art to those you can’t be with just now.

As the world is in lock down due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus and people can’t be with the ones they love, I am painting personal gift cards.

I was thinking of drawing some ‘just to say’ cards before the outbreak started as I thought it would be lovely to just send a card to someone for no particular reason. Just to say… I love you, I am thinking of you, you are not alone. For example.

So when the lock down started and I could see people couldn’t see their loved ones, celebrate life events and be there in person for each other I thought it was an ideal time to receive a card telling you that people are thinking of you.

I hadn’t originally thought of painting each one individually though! But as I cannot get to the printers and have extra time on my hands now a lot of my work has been postponed or cancelled, then I thought why not make mini sketches for each one.

Each card is £4.95, which includes UK postage (for overseas there is an extra £1.50) and 10% from every sale will go to the NHS Lothian Covid-19 Appeal.

When ordering your card you can request a particular flower for the front (I have also drawn rainbows) and also a message for the inside which I will hand write for you, before sending direct to your loved one. You can order your cards at the link below.

EdinburghSketcher personal painted gift cards