I had a tour of the Ocean Mist in Leith today, the newly restored ship on the shore has a new level, and some impressive plans.
Owners Alan and Nadia Pedley hope to open for business before the end of the year, and although there is still plenty to do their whole family is pitching in and I am sure they will get there on time.
The décor inside is high end, tailored wood panelling and beautifully designed ironwork guides you around the three story floating hotel.
The finishing touches nod to the art deco style of the 1920’s, from when the ship had its hey day and throughout the hotel you will find links to the boats glorious past.
I can’t wait to return once the Ocean Mist is ready for guests, to have a whisky at the bar and to be transported to the luxurious past, without even leaving the dock.
Follow the progress of the Ocean Mist on their Instagram page HERE
This sketch I made after the tour, whilst enjoying a fine coffee from Custom Lane
When asked recently if I could create a sketch down at The Shore in Leith I was very surprised to find I hadn’t done so already. This is an iconic view of the Shore, the beautiful cobbled streets and gabled ended tall houses by the harbour remind me of mainland Europe, Brugges or Amsterdam perhaps.
I was commissioned by a couple who were emigrating overseas and wanted a view of the area to remind them of home. The sketch turned out well, I was going to colour it but didn’t want to lose any of the detail or make it too dark, which can sometimes happen when I add watercolour. The couple were very pleased with the result and I wish them all the best with their move. I like the idea of my sketch hanging in another country, reminding them of Edinburgh.
If you would like to commission a sketch of a favourite view or building then get in touch HERE to discuss further.
Cycling home via The Shore, Newhaven and Granton Square tonight. I stopped opposite The Starbank Inn to catch this sketch of the waves crashing against the shore.