The view down Fleshmarket Close is always a favourite and recently the snow fall in Edinburgh made this view even more special.
One morning in early February I got wrapped up in extra layers, gloves and big boots on and ventured into the city. The snow had not stopped the night before and everywhere was covered with a thick layer of crisp snow.
I took probably a hundred or more photographs, every corner revealed a new picture perfect scene, places I know so well but with a new slant, a freshness and cleanness which snow can achieve.
I did try to sketch on location but with minus temperatures my fingers didn’t last long before I had to stop and return to the warmth of my studio to work.
I have a number of photos to work from so you may see more snow sketches on here as the spring arrives in Edinburgh.
At the start of the year Edinburgh had a dusting of snow which for me highlighted one positive of the pandemic lockdown.
Princes Street Gardens would usually be full of the Christmas and New Year festivities, including the fun fair land of markets and rides which takes up almost all of the gardens each year.
As the markets and fairgrounds were cancelled this year it was lovely to see this scene, with the only people in the gardens those sledging down the slopes or building snow men under the snow covered trees.
I love how the sun is just reaching over the buildings of the high street and highlighting those on Princes Street.
This sketch highlights the gardens in winter and I hope in future years we still get to enjoy the gardens as a space to have fun in the snow.
On the second of January I woke early to find a new snow fall had dusted Edinburgh with a coating of what looked like icing sugar on a Victorian film set.
I dressed quickly and headed into town, eager to see the city centre streets before too many footprints and tyre tracks had muddied the white stuff. I walked up through Stockbridge taking photographs at every corner. So many views that look so different, fresh and clean with snow on the floor.
As I passed through the New Town I had to stop and make a quick drawing, I sat on a Georgian step and looked across Forres Street around the corner of Moray Place Gardens. Such a perfect scene with the stunning architecture, railings and lamps rising out of the snow!
After finishing my piece I walked up onto Princes Street taking more photos to work from, and trying to get the blood back into my fingers!
Enjoy the winter snow fall everyone 🙂
I later added a sledger being pulled across the road as an idea for a Christmas card for next year:
Yesterday I went for a walk through the crisp fresh snow which had fallen overnight on Arthur’s Seat.
The capitals extinct volcano sits in Holyrood Park and enjoys fantastic views over Edinburgh.
On this occasion however I did not trust myself to climb to the top in such icy conditions so instead walked around the hill to the crags from which I could see the view above showing Arthurs Seat to look like a mighty lion sitting looking out to sea.
The sunshine but so bright from top right creating beautiful colours withing the snow, notably strong blue shadows which I tried to capture above.