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A Night Under The Stars In Aid Of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Christmas Market RBSBank
Last night I ran a stall at the Prosecco and Shopping evening, the first stall of the season for me.

The stunning dome roofed hall inside the Royal Bank of Scotland building at St Andrews Square has a wonderful ceiling of stars, which my sketch above (drawn from my stall) shows a small part of. The room is magnificent and well worth a visit if you are passing, the bank is open six days a week.

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly known as The Sick Kids Friends Foundation) had organised the event and it was very well organised with prosecco and canapes handed out to shoppers as they made their around the many varied seasonal stalls.

I had chance near the end of the evening to sketch and visit a couple of stalls, namely the inspiring Glass Art of Mary W Drummond, and Halidon Home (my neighbouring stall) who had a delightful mix of home furnishings and original Christmas decorations, I will be popping in to their Dundas street shop to see more soon.

My next market is at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Saturday 9th December. If you know of any others with a table going free then do let me know, ’tis the season to make money after all 😉

My sketch was made on location using a black fine liner and water brush, on an A5 sketchpad. 

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity website

Royal Bank Of Scotland website

Sketches from Murrayfield as Scotland take on Italy


On Saturday I was lucky enough to sketch at Murrayfield Stadium, home of Scottish rugby as Scotland took on Italy in the RBS Six Nations. These are my sketches from what was a fantastic spectacle, albeit with a disappointing scoreline.


Leading until the final seconds Scotland made the best start with an excellent try securing a 10-0 lead but the Italians came back stron causing the score at half time, as you can see from the sketch above to be 16-15.


With a record breaking crowd of over 60,000 filling the stadium the atmosphere was electric but unfortunately most went home dissapointed. The second half became a case of hanging on for the Scots and as the clocked ticked down Italy took the lead.  Click the images below for larger versions.



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As the rain came down over Murrayfield the supporters spilled out into the streets, my final sketch below seeing three Scotland fans on the walk home.



Scottish Rugby website

Italian Rugby website

Murrayfield Experience website

A night at the Museum

MuseumLates_SilentDiscoLast night I attended the RBS Museum Lates event at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh.


The after hours event is an extravaganza of entertainment, culture, live music and surprises; like this silent disco (left) which was very popular. Very strange to hear only dancers singing the words, and whoops of delight as a favourite song was played.

The night coincided with the final final few days of the current exhibition: ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’, which runs until the 17th November.

I arrived early and headed to the Museum Brasserie for some dinner, and found this delicious gluten free burger, along with chunky chips.


With the main hall filling up with revellers and the DJs playing the dance music I headed up to the top floor to see this view of the main hall, the exhibits look on as guests mingle and have a drink at the bar. Including the mighty moose at the back of the room, can you see it? Click  on the sketches for larger versions.













The smaller rooms were free to explore and as well as the usual exhibits to look at there were also a few surprises. Above centre you can see people having there faces painted while underneath a huge plane hangs from the ceiling. And above right visitors get chance to make there own artwork and badges with help from the Red Door Gallery, underneath the skeleton of a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex!


Finally I love this one, it sums up the night perfectly. An Amur Tiger, one of the exhibits on the third floor sits in front of a glitter ball, sparkling down on the main hall below. There were sights like this all night, two worlds combining. You can’t help thinking what the perminant residents are all thinking 🙂


Look out for the next Museums Lates night, it really is a great experience, and a super way to show off the Museum; it’s exhibits and the beautiful building. And in the mean time visit the museum before the 17th November to see the extremely interesting, and harrowing story of Mary, Queen of Scots.