Early morning walk along the Water Of Leith

Posted on Sep 15, 2020
Early morning walk along the Water Of Leith

This morning the kids and I decided to walk to school and afterwards I thought I’d keep on walking. I’m lucky enough to live near the Water of Leith river that runs though the city and I joined it in St Stephens Park and headed along to Stockbridge. This is the view from one of […]

Mocha by my side

Posted on May 14, 2020
Mocha by my side

Inspired to draw a small sketch each morning before beginning my work. Whilst watching last nights TV – a catch up of the brilliant Grayson Perry’s Art Club on 4od and especially the feature on painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling who starts every day with a drawing to get in the rhythm, I was inspired […]

Giving thanks to my trainers

Posted on Feb 28, 2020
Giving thanks to my trainers

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed, busy and anxious lately. Not one thing to blame but getting out and getting a little exercise this morning has helped. Just a little jog but I think it’s easy to get a little round up if you don’t let go. Below are a few photos of the sketch […]

WhereArtI this week?

Posted on Jan 27, 2020
WhereArtI this week?

Monday 27th January 2020 Can you tell me where I have sketched? I was sheltering from the rain, looking out from inside. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer tomorrow. I will pick a random winner from all correct entries on Tuesday morning, […]

Double strength lattes

Posted on Jan 16, 2020
Double strength lattes

I am trying to give up sweet treats during the day but seem to of replaced them with extra shot lattes! This delicious coffee was made for me at Summerhall, the fantastic creative hub in the South of the city. Home to theatre, concerts, talks, workshops & more, there’s always something on and I love […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on Nov 11, 2019
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Can you tell me where I have sketched? A climb to a view of tall cranes, but can you name the street I stand in. Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer tomorrow. I will pick a random winner from all correct entries […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on Nov 4, 2019
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Can you tell me where I have sketched? A view over housing to Holyrood Park, but what is the street called? Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer tomorrow. I will pick a random winner from all correct entries on Tuesday morning, and […]

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 […]