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 […]

Watercolour workshops online

Posted on Aug 21, 2020
Watercolour workshops online

This week I took part in our second ‘Urban Sketching with Edinburgh Sketcher and Cassandra Harrison’ workshop on Zoom and had a great time. Local artist and teach Cassandra Harrison and I thought we would set up an online fortnightly workshop where people could join us and create artwork looking at different mediums and techniques. […]

The Car In Front

Posted on Aug 14, 2020
The Car In Front

Inspired by recent crazy rainfall we have been having in Edinburgh recently this is a drawing from a photo taken yesterday in the torrential rain as I travelled through the city. A quick sketch to warm me up before the days work. Often I like to do a speedy doodle in my sketchpad before beginning […]

Online workshop 2: Layering watercolours in Leith

Posted on Aug 11, 2020
Online workshop 2: Layering watercolours in Leith

In the second of my collaborative workshops online I will be looking at drawing with layers of watercolours, taking inspiration from the industrial buildings of Leith. Just a week to go before the second of our 75 minute Tuesday night workshops where we take a look at urban sketching and the various techniques you can […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 10th August Can you tell me where I have sketched? Usually full of crowds at this time of year, do you still recognise this city location? Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, and I will pick a random winner from all […]

Victoria Street warm up – a time lapse sketch

Posted on Aug 3, 2020
Victoria Street warm up – a time lapse sketch

Sometimes I like to do a quick sketch before getting into the commissions, a way of loosening up. This Victoria Street sketch was drawn in 25 min from a photo I took recently when the street was surprisingly car free. Don’t worry I’ve speeded it up to less than a minute 😊👍

Edinburgh Skyline in Rainbow

Posted on May 21, 2020
Edinburgh Skyline in Rainbow

My lock down influenced rainbow sketch of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. I had previously added a rainbow to my Leith Shore print, which you can see HERE but for this week thought about drawing a sketch from the start with rainbow colours. This view is the iconic capital skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle and the clock tower […]

Colour on the castle

Posted on May 16, 2020
Colour on the castle

Hello all, here is a wee project for your Saturday afternoon – have a go painting with colour only. This is mine of Edinburgh Castle from this morning, using a water brush and travel set of watercolours I started with a light shade, drawing in the top edge of the castle where it hits the sky. Like […]

Time I sketched this Morningside landmark

Posted on Apr 2, 2020
Time I sketched this Morningside landmark

This is the Morningside Clock which now sits at the bottom of the road heading South out of the city. I often drive past this clock heading south and when I pass it on the way back I know I am home. The clock stands outside the now unused Morningside Railway Station, which opened in […]

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 […]

Merry Christmas from our family tree

Posted on Dec 26, 2019
Merry Christmas from our family tree

A sight that warms my heart, our heavy laden Christmas tree, full of colour and memories. At this time of year there is nothing better then relaxing with family at home, playing games, building Lego sculptures and watching feel good movies. And of course a wee bit of time to myself to draw the Christmas […]

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 […]

Sunshine on the Meadows

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
Sunshine on the Meadows

I met a client at Summerhall the other day and had to walk through this gorgeous park at its best, full of colour just now. This watercolour was drawn whilst leaning against a tree in the Meadows park, on the South side of Edinburgh and just over the road from Edinburgh’s Childrens Hospital. The sun […]