I think that this is one of the most crazy days I have ever had! (that is quite a statement!) Morning till about 1pm with 2 friends from Sydney and Eza. Trying to balance catching up, sight seeing, sketching and not slowing them down (I didn’t get much paint added at the time.) I am so thankful to have such wonderful understanding and accommodating friends!!!
Starting the day in a slow and calm way is my secret to a crazy day. Painting in a relaxed manner over breakfast was so calming and hit the spot. I have been to many great B&Bs in the UK… this one Fraoch House is right up there!!! I could not fault the breakfast at all!
Determined to arrive early at the Scott Monument where I was meeting my friends but didn’t quite have enough time… so two very quick sketches of the view/building that I really longed to sketch.I love having a simple b&w sketch in my sketchbook… I really should do it more often!
Added colour to this in the plane on flight to Lisbon. As you can see from my note I was very concerned to be in ‘the groove’ when I arrived in Lisbon but my days beforehand were way too busy and social to expect that. I am also in the habit of trying to reach the standard of those amazing days last year when in Rome on my own (a very unfair and unrealistic expectation as I had been sketching non stop for 9 weeks – 2 of which were dedicated focused and leisurely sketching with Eza!)
Eza organised a private tour of Magdalen Chapel – one of the most historically significant churches in history – fascinating history and architectural details/ craftsmanship. This was quite a bold thing to do to sketch Rev Sinclair Horne while he was talking to us!!!
A quick walk around Greyfriars cemetery – amazingly I had never been there before (I have some serious gaps in my tourist ‘must-sees’ in Edinburgh as although being my 5 or 6th visit I am normally only passing through!) More ultra quick sketching….
Can I fit one more sketch in before I have to get the taxi to the airport…yes!!! Grassmarket (actually where I waited for Stuart Kerr the first time I met him… didn’t get a chance to finish that sketch so been longing to sketch it again) Paint added on the plane.