After my 6.5 weeks in Italy I headed for Scotland, and had two nights in Edinburgh en-route to the Isle of Lewis.
After so much time in Italy it was a bit of a culture shock to be in an English speaking country and I kept saying Grazie for the first 24 hours. It was also a shock to go back to ‘winter’ weather – 12C and rain. But I don’t worry about the weather when the important thing is catching up with friends!
I had a lovely time with Esther Semmens and a wet but fun meetup with a few people from the local Urban Sketchers Edinburgh group. Great to see Pam and Andrew again (and have some amazing chats about perspective) and meet Jane from Florida.
Here are my sketches from my brief stay.
This was my first visit to Leith and I could see lots of fun buildings and street scenes to sketch but we headed for a cafe. After a coffee and an extended period of chat, Pam and Andrew went on the hunt for some shelter.
And the throw-down of everyone’s work. It was such a fun morning and there is always something special when everyone in a group sketches the same scene. I love the different selection, technique and style.
After lunch and a little shopping, Esther and I retreated into St Giles.
Sketching in St Giles Cathedral with Esther at the end of a great day. This is my longest sketch for a long time. We have been sitting here for 1.5 hours chatting and sketching. I did a quick first sketch in the first 15 minutes and we have been going at a leisurely pace. Just what I needed.
This sketch was done with permanent fountain ink and a waterbrush. I needed to apply the water quickly while the ink was still wet.
We found a nice quiet spot (quiet in terms of tourists, but we could still hear bagpipes!) and I tried a complex scene in direct watercolour. The complexity of the scene and the changing light (clouds reappearing) made this sketch a little stiff.
One of the cool things about this visit to Edinburgh was constantly seeing this gorgeous sketch of a highland cow – done by my friend Wil Freeborn. Congrats Wil!