African Woman and Child, an Edinburgh sculpture

Posted on Sep 5, 2019
African Woman and Child, an Edinburgh sculpture

This beautiful and emotive bronze sculpture by Anne Davidson stands in the south east corner of Festival Square. Scottish sculptor, artist and teacher Anne Davidson (1937 – 2008) was commissioned by Edinburgh City Council to create a piece to symbolise the city’s stand against apartheid. The sculpture depicts a woman standing with a young child […]

Reflections on my sketches

Posted on Jun 27, 2019
Reflections on my sketches

Last Friday was National Selfie Day and to mark the occasion I was asked to sketch a lift mirror in the Apex Grassmarket hotel. I took over the mirror on Thursday night and drew my design using Posca pens. These markers are a revelation I discovered when I drew on the window of the west […]

Calton Hill views over the city

Posted on Apr 27, 2019
Calton Hill views over the city

On Wednesday I was out sketching in the warm spring air, capturing the Edinburgh skyline for an upcoming feature with Edinburgh Evening News. The morning was overcast but as I started drawing in black ink the sun started to shine across the Dugald Stewart Monument with the Balmoral clock on one side and Edinburgh castle […]

Cafe portraits

Posted on Apr 4, 2019
Cafe portraits

‘Catching up over a cup of tea’ I was up sketching in the cafe of John Lewis this week, early for a meeting. I love trying to capture people in my sketches, although I find it hard. It can be tough to communicate the movement, curves, colours and characteristics of a real life person, compared […]

Hearty fare at La p’tite folie as autumn arrived in Edinburgh

Posted on Oct 3, 2018
Hearty fare at La p’tite folie as autumn arrived in Edinburgh

Last week I was invited to La p’tite folie on Randolf Place for a little sketching and scoffing… It was a windy autumnal evening when I crossed over from Melville Street to see the beautiful Tudor looking exterior of La p’tite folie on Randolf Place. Welcoming us in to the cosy warm interior we were […]

Edinburgh’s Cycle Hire Bikes are set to be released across the city

Posted on Sep 14, 2018
Edinburgh’s Cycle Hire Bikes are set to be released across the city

Edinburgh’s cycle hire bikes will be launched on Monday 17th September and last week I got a chance to take one out for a ride around Leith. Just Eat Cycles, named after the bike’s  sponsor, will launch with 200 bikes across an initial 19 different docking locations across Edinburgh. But this is just the beginning, […]

A new commission in a brand new building

Posted on Sep 6, 2018
A new commission in a brand new building

Today Lidl opened a new superstore on Easter Road, and they commissioned me to create a sketch for their wall. The brief was to show the new store as both part of the local area and Edinburgh as a whole. I really enjoyed sketching this out as it was a little stretch for me as […]

WhereArtI 26th March 2018

Posted on Mar 26, 2018
WhereArtI 26th March 2018

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched? If you can you tell me where in the Scottish capital I have sketched then you could win a great prize. Email me your answer using the link below and I will randomly pick a correct answer tomorrow morning, who will then go into the monthly draw to win a prize. […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh : 22nd January

Posted on Jan 22, 2018
WhereArtI Edinburgh : 22nd January

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched in this weeks WhereArtI? This week I am looking for the street name, if you know then click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all those correct on Tuesday, who will go into the monthly draw to win a prize. The prize for […]

Autumnal symmetry at the Gyle Shopping Centre

Posted on Nov 9, 2017
Autumnal symmetry at the Gyle Shopping Centre

Last week I was out at the Gyle shopping centre for a meeting and noticed this avenue of colour which separates the shops from the offices. In the centre is a small sculpture which I thought to be in the form of a plant but thanks to Canmore online I found our it is called ‘Stacked […]

Have a colourful happy Halloween

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
Have a colourful happy Halloween

Bright autumnal colours in this sketch of pumpkins growing in a field, you know they’re ready to pick when they open their eyes! I love this time of year, so much colour everywhere, including in my kitchen at the weekend as we carved a couple of pumpkins, which are already collapsing and morphing their cutout […]

WhereArtI 16th October : Autumn Colours in Edinburgh

Posted on Oct 16, 2017
WhereArtI 16th October : Autumn Colours in Edinburgh

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched? If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning. Through October I have 5 pairs of tickets to this years Foodies Festival Christmas event in Edinburgh. Each week the randomly picked winner will receive a pair of […]

Inspire your little ones with a trip to the Museum of Flight

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Inspire your little ones with a trip to the Museum of Flight

A day of wonder for all the family, out at East Fortune Airfield. The Sketcher family are regular visitors to the National Museums of Scotland on Chambers street and whilst there recently twin number one noticed, rather appropriately, a flyer for the Museum of Flight in East Fortune. A place I had long thought of […]

Afternoon reflections on Edinburgh windows

Posted on Nov 16, 2016
Afternoon reflections on Edinburgh windows

Yesterday I was near to the Meadows park in Edinburgh’s South Side when I noticed the beautiful reflections on the tall tenement windows. As the sun began to set over Edinburgh’s central park, the houses that run around the edge shone with a beautiful gradient of colours, with dark angular shapes showing the mighty trees hanging […]