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WhereArtI Quiz – 22nd Feb 2021

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched?

Snowy steps in the city, but where are they?

Leave your answer in the comment box below.

Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer tomorrow morning. Get your answer in before midnight tonight and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries by this time tomorrow.

This week’s prize is a screen printed tote bag featuring my illustration of Victoria Street, in Edinburgh.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed later today, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise and high quality prints are available on my Etsy shop and I am available for commissions too. Email me at contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

Visit the King’s Wark for a night in

My latest #supportabusinesssketch is for The King’s Wark. These drawings in pencil and watercolour are to say thank you for keeping us all going during the pandemic 😊👍

The Sketcher family recently ordered a seafood platter from this 15th Century Leith pub and restaurant to enjoy at home. We dressed up as if going out and had a lovely night in sharing our wonderful meal. I hope we can all visit in person soon.

Visit the King’s Walk website and ask about their famous takeaway platters. We thoroughly recommend them!!

Wintry Princes Street Gardens

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.

View this sketch as a mounted print and buy from just £20 including UK delivery here.

huge thanks to the busy post office workers

This is Boswall Drive Post Office, my local daily destination as I send out commissions and Etsy orders for Christmas.

My latest #SupportABusinessSketch is for not just my local post office but for all postal workers who are all so busy just now.

Like many post offices Boswall Drive is a family run business providing groceries and all sorts of essentials but at this time of year the post office counter takes over.

Thanks for all the help you are giving local small businesses and everyone sending messages of love to those they cannot be with in person at this time of year.

This sketch and all my #supportabusinesssketch ‘s are drawn only in pencil and watercolour for a slightly blurred effect. I am using these sketches to practice this technique.

https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you/post-office/boswall-drive-eh5-2be

Restored Stockbridge cafe

This beautiful cafe front is worth a visit to see the stunning restoration job whilst enjoying a delicious flat white 🙂

My latest #SupportABusinessSketch is for Cowan & Sons on Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. A beautiful shop front that always catches my eye, especially at this time of year when the lights are on and sun is going down.

Thanks to help from Edinburgh World Heritage the Cafe exterior has been restored to its former glory and is well worth a closer look, also their breakfasts are amazing, perfect for a mid walk, lazy days brunch!

Pop in and support a local business who are staying open to keep us going!

This is their Instagram page so give them a follow 🙂

Sketching a little support

This is the Art & Craft Collective in Causewayside, just past the Meadows.

I have been part of the collective for over a year now and I love to make specific artwork for this shop/gallery. Often putting originals of the Meadows on show here as well as prints and other merchandise.

Recently I have noticed how many of my retailers, which are all local independant bsuinesses, are having a hard time since the lock down has been lifted and with it the provision of grants and financial help.

As there are hardly any tourists this year and locals are staying home as much as possible the high street shops are suffering with more and more are having to close.

I think it is vital we support these businesses, restaurants, pubs and hotels which are a huge part of Edinburgh’s appeal during normal circumstances and something we need to support and make sure don’t disappear.

Please do shop local as much as possible and follow my #supportabusinesssketch posts online.

Art & Craft Collective
93 Causewayside, Edinburgh
Website.

My first online video workshop with is now available

Cassandra, aka ‘Bookbinding with Cass’, and I usually teach together at the fabulous Arienas Collective but this is our first online offering and I am so excited to share this with you.

We have loads of online tutorials which will equip you with the skills to create a set of handmade sketchbooks and inspire you to start using them with a mix of fine liner and watercolour straight away!

During lockdown Cass and I have come to appreciate the everyday, particularly our beloved house plants and the nature on our doorstep. This series of pre-recorded video tutorials will encourage you to work with what’s around you and get creative in your own space, in your own time.

Cass will guide you on how to make a handy, refillable book case, ideal for sketching on the go, with the added benefit of being multi-use – the inserts are interchangeable so you can re-jig the inside depending on what you want to sketch on that day. There’ll also be chance to make a cut and fold concertina book and a series of stitched sketchbooks made up of different types of paper to add colour and texture to your sketching. Cass will also share a nifty technique for stitching single signature sketchbooks together once they have been filled – a great way to collate your work and keep it in one place!

I will join in throughout the bookmaking to share tips and ideas for adding a personal touch to your books and watercolour washes to your paper – a great way to take a way that blank page fear in preparation for sketching.

Once your books are complete I will then take you through a number of drawing exercises that will focus mainly on pot plants you have in and around your house, and the exterior of your home. This will involve working with an ink pen and watercolour set, exploring tone, light and shading to discover your own style and create sketches full of character.

Kits and links to our selection of online tutorials will be sent out on 5th October. All participants are invited to join a Zoom sharing event on Monday 26th October, 6-7.30pm, where you can ask questions, share your work and get hints and tips for your bookbinding & sketching practice.

Workshop costs £80 – £130 depending on whether you would like an accompanying materials/tool kit.

For more information and to book your place see this event listing on the Arienas Collective website.

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 the walk bridges near to Canonmills and although I was caught in a shower half way through the rain stopped long enough for me to finish the sketch with watercolour.

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.

We will be sharing our tips and skills learnt over the years and also inviting guests on to share their thoughts about art and the city of Edinburgh.

We hope this will grow into a small community of creative types at all levels who can then share and learn together twice a month.

This week we were joined by comedien and Leither Jo Caulfield who introduced three of her favourite Leith buildings, which we all then captured in watercolours.

Above are my drawings as I showed people how to layer watercolour washes, leaving each one to dry and working on all three at the same time.

The results were amazing and to see some of the art out workshops produced go to the workshop facebook page at Urban Sketching with Edinburgh Sketcher and Cassandra Harrison

Above is a screen shot of our artists on zoom. If you have been on my ‘in person’ workshops in Edinburgh before then you will know that I always like to get a photo of everyones drawings at the end. It is a great way to see everyones unique take on the same subject, and to see how they all have merits. This is the zoom equivalent!

Join us on the next workshop by booking a place via the link below, each 75 minute class is £10 (£7.50 concessions) and on the 1st September we have architect David Blaikie joining us.

Read more and book your place here.

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 on commissions. This morning I remembered this photograph which captured the seemingly never ending rain that has been falling lately.

I love the way the droplets of water distort the view, spreading the light and changing the shapes we know so well.

Bonus WhereArtI points if you can name the street I was sitting in!