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Sandstone steps

I just loved the sunshine on this ornate stone carving and the shadows leading down.

This sandstone entrance to the Water of Leith cycle path is on ewhaven Road and is so beautiful. Have a look next time you are passing.

The cycle path/ walkway runs along underneath the road from Leith to Trinity and beyond and is a great way to get around the north of Edinburgh traffic free.

Lets hope this sunshine sticks around highlighting the cities stunning architecture.

Splendid sandstone architecture in Edinburgh’s Southside

marchment-crescentI stopped at the junction of Marchmont Crescent, Marchmont Road and Spottiswoode Road to sketch this view.

Last week  I took a drive through the city to Marchmont, an affluent residential area of four story tenements to the south of the city, separated from the Old Town with the Meadows Park.

The area is stunning when seen in strong sunlight and even better when that has a dark stormy sky in the background contrasting against the sparkly buildings.

This drawing was created on location in an A5 sketchpad, with pen and watercolour using my watercolourbrush.

 

Beautiful blossom hangs from the branches throughout Edinburgh

TrinityBlossom_houseThe glorious sunshine in Edinburgh is highlighting the range of colours in the city’s trees. Especially appealing against the bright sandstone architecture.

Yesterday I took a walk through Trinity in the North of Edinburgh and marvelled at the heavy laden branches, stunning pinks, creams and deep reds.

It’s hard to do justice to such colours and this is one thing I am always looking to perfect, capturing the rich and bright petals.

TrinityBlossom_flower

My sketches are drawn in black fineliner 0.5 with a watercolour wash. 

The Celts are coming … to the National Museum of Scotland

Celts_Sandstone Cross
Tomorrow, the 10th March sees the arrival of the eagerly anticipated ‘Celts’ exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

 

This major exhibition, their first of 2016 spans more than 2, 500 years and unravels the story of those who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.

 

The piece I have sketched using cross hatching and shading techniques is a grey sandstone slab from Monifieth in Angus Scotland. Probably carved in the 9th century it is decorated with a cross carved in relief and filled with interlace and spiral patterns.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing this and around 300 other treasured objects from across the UK and Europe, assembled together in Scotland for the first time in this fascinating exhibition.

 

Find out more at the NMS website below.

 

This sketch is drawn in black fine liner, drawn free hand with no pencil.

 

National Museum of Scotland website