Europe 09: Day 15 - Sketching with Stuart Kerr and lots of tea in Edinburgh

November 23, 2009 | Leave your thoughts

Are you getting sick of all my travel sketchbook posts yet? We are not yet at the half way mark – I am still plugging away…it is such a huge task to scan and post it all!
I must say that I did enjoy sketching my breakfast every couple of days…

I was determined to do a quick sketch of this church which I had passed the day before – it looked familiar… I kinda knew that I didn’t know the architect but didn’t take me long to realise that it is used in the BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (which I love)… So of course I had to draw it. On the right is sketches from lunch a bit out of order!

I had had such an amazing time at Eteaket the day before – that I just had to go back… Can you tell I am in my element in this place?

This is very exciting – Borromini got to meet a Scottish knitting guru! Her name is Rachel Henderson and she is a friend of my sister and while I was in Scotland had a lovely article on her in the weekend paper magazine. She helped me buy some wool in order to knit a Scottish thistle tea cosy – I have a bit of an idea but haven’t started yet.

Next I did a bit of shopping…I actually drew these late at night and coloured at 5am since woke up and knew I wasn’t going to get back to sleep. I was determined to make these neat sketches – as a result of my meeting up with Stuart Kerr and being so taken with his confident linework… But more of that next…

It was very exciting to meet up with another Urban Sketcher correspondent, Stuart Kerr. What better way than to ‘warm up’ by sketching while I waited. It is also an easy way to be spotted. After only 10 minutes someone walked past and said “Are you Liz” …so this is a far as I got!

After a lot of chatting we settled down to draw one of Edinburgh’s amazing little alleyways. After doing a lot of solo sketching is it quite hard to chat and sketch at the same time – I was so unhappy with this at the time as it was so badly inaccurate!

I turned the page and had another attempt…

A lovely contrast with Wil’s work – both of them use Moleskine sketchbooks but their work is completely different. The confidence of Stu’s linework blew me away and it was wonderful to see a dip pen in action. I would really like to try that.

This is the last we saw of Stu’s sketch – the final version is here

And here is a photo of me sketching!

And then to finish off my day, before I went to friends place for dinner, what else was there for me to do but have a cuppa – and visit my fav tearoom for the third time in 1.5 days! (I was also freezing cold and need a warm place to shelter!)

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