Dundas Street shops are full of colour

Posted on Sep 19, 2018
Dundas Street shops are full of colour

I have been meaning to sketch these three shops on Dundas Street for ages, I love the mixture of colours, railings and Georgian architecture. I must pass by this trio of New Town stores most days, usually whizzing by on the bike or car but this week I passed with time to spare so pulled […]

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, […]

WhereArtI 3rd September 2018

Posted on Sep 3, 2018
WhereArtI 3rd September 2018

Can you name this Edinburgh location? If you know click the link below to enter your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct entries on Tuesday morning, and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’ for the month. At the end of the month those on the wall will be entered […]

Tonal sketching with brush work only today

Posted on Jul 25, 2018
Tonal sketching with brush work only today

As an artist I am always learning and love to see new ways of creating art, simply reversing the way you work can create a new perspective. I always remember an art teacher telling me to look at my piece in a mirror because that is how a new viewer sees your work. Try it, […]

Records smashed on the old railway this morning

Posted on May 2, 2018
Records smashed on the old railway this morning

This morning I enjoyed a jog along the many cycle paths in north Edinburgh and Leith. I started the new year with a new exercise routine, jogging a few times a week along some of the old railway paths that criss cross north Edinburgh’s streets, providing a hidden away peaceful and nature filled route along […]

WhereArtI 19th March 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018
WhereArtI 19th March 2018

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched? If you can you tell me where in the Scottish capital I have sketched then you could win a great prize. Email me your answer using the link below and I will randomly pick a correct answer tomorrow morning, who will then go into the monthly draw to win a prize. […]

WhereArtI 5th March 2018

Posted on Mar 5, 2018
WhereArtI 5th March 2018

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched? If you can you tell me where in the Scottish capital I have sketched then you could win a great prize. Email me your answer using the link below and I will randomly pick a correct answer tomorrow morning, who will then go into the monthly draw to win a prize. […]

A swirling snow storm envelopes the city

Posted on Mar 1, 2018
A swirling snow storm envelopes the city

As Edinburgh is covered in a snow storm I am stuck inside trying to capture the swirling white tornados across the street. This area across the road is known as ‘the squares’ although you wouldn’t know that right now as the paving squares are covered in snow. It’s hard to capture a scene when most […]

WhereArtI Edinburgh : 22nd January

Posted on Jan 22, 2018
WhereArtI Edinburgh : 22nd January

Where in Edinburgh have I sketched in this weeks WhereArtI? This week I am looking for the street name, if you know then click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all those correct on Tuesday, who will go into the monthly draw to win a prize. The prize for […]

A perfect January walk: sunshine, snow and blue skies

Posted on Jan 18, 2018
A perfect January walk: sunshine, snow and blue skies

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 […]

New Year New Skills at the Engine Shed in Stirling

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
New Year New Skills at the Engine Shed in Stirling

I will be running a series of workshops in Stirling this year at the Engine Shed, an educational conservation centre. Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre is run by Historic Environment Scotland. Since opening last year it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public, and is a fascinating place to visit. […]

I love my morning coffee machine

Posted on Sep 29, 2017
I love my morning coffee machine

This morning is International Coffee Day apparently, but in my house most days start with a visit to this machine. You will often see me supping coffee in various wee outlets around the city, indeed it is where I honed my artistic skills and found my style so I have a lot to thank coffee […]

Scottish wild flowers in Victoria Park

Posted on Sep 21, 2017
Scottish wild flowers in Victoria Park

There is a beautiful patch of wild looking flowers in Victoria Park running alongside the cycle path entrance and tunnel which runs under Craighall Road. Yesterday I took and hour to capture a small selection in ink and watercolour. Drawing for me has always been a way of relaxing, of taking time out of an […]

The day Cirque Éloize came to the Mound

Posted on Aug 15, 2017
The day Cirque Éloize came to the Mound

Earlier this month I witnessed the incredible Cirque Éloize performing a few routines at the Mound in Edinburgh. I passed by with the Sketcher twins (aged 6) and they were in amazed as the dancers shimmied their way up the Scottish National Gallery pillars, hung horizontal from street lamps and juggled each other in front of […]