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Sunshine on Stockbridge

StockbridgeBridgeI’ve been enjoying the recent sunshine in Edinburgh, and recently took a walk along the Water of Leith into Stockbridge.

The Water of Leith river is said to be around 22 miles long and runs from the Pentland Hills through Edinburgh to Leith and out into the Forth of Firth.

There are many beautiful sights to be seen along its winding route (look out for heron, king fishers and otters), and one such place is Stockbridge where the green vegetation contrasts well with the sandstone architecture above.

I drew the above sketch in between St Bernard’s Well and St Bernard’s Bridge, which features in the drawing. This original ink and watercolour sketch measures approx 280x200mm and is yours mounted for £145. Email me at contact@www.edinburghsketcher.com if you would like to purchase the piece.


Water of Leith Information Centre website

Stockbridge Edinburgh locals website


My sketch was drawn on location in black in with a watercolour wash. 

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Volunteers with a passion for fashion needed in Stockbridge

CHSS_fashionWith Edinburgh Fashion Week just around the corner the city is a buzz with fashionistas discussing the latests trends and creations.

If you have a ‘passion for fashion’ then this charity shop in Stockbridge is looking for some help. I spotted this sign outside the Chest Heart & Stroke charity shop on Raeburn Place, Stockbridge and thought it was perfectly timed.


Edinburgh Fashion Week runs from March 5th – 13th, highlighting the city’s fashion scene and unique, chic boutiques through numerous events. For more information see the links below, and if you can help out at the CHSS shop pop in and say hello.


Sketch in fine liner with watercolour wash.



Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland website

#EdFashion Week on Instagram



Edinburgh International Fashion Festival website


Coffee and sketching in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Grounds CoffeeThis week I enjoyed a bit of drawing and a deliciously smooth flat white in Grounds of Stockbridge, Edinburgh’s newest coffee shop.


Situated on Deanhaugh Street by the Water of Leith the front window gives a delightful view of Stockbridge and is a great place to watch the busy folk of Edinburgh going about their business.


I’m glad to say they stock a great selection of cakes and sandwiches, with gluten free options and allergy-friendly foods from Grams of Edinburgh.


Pop in soon for a cuppa, and have a look at the great local art they have on their walls. Also you can now buy Edinburgh Sketcher Christmas cards there too!



Stockbridge Commission

StockbridgeMontageOne of my favourite Christmas commissions this year was this montage of Stockbridge, a beautiful area of Edinburgh close to the Water of Leith and full of interesting wee shops and relaxing places to walk.


Before starting a sketch like this I create the montage of photographs either taken by myself or supplied by the client. This one includes a family photo, a favourite walk, the main street in Stockbridge and the family home. Once happy with the composition I run it past the client before sketching begins.


If you would like to commission a similar illustration then get in touch via email at contact@www.edinburghsketcher.com or you can phone me at 07870991678. Prices start at £65.


The hidden well

StBernardsWellThis afternoon I took a walk through Stockbridge, just north of the city centre. I was looking for St Bernard’s Well on the Water of Leith, but I was a little early as the well is currently being restored by Edinburgh World Heritage and all I could see was a huge amount of scaffolding.

Below is a photo from the location where you can see in the background the ‘well’ covered structure.

I penned the sketch anyway in my usual black fine liner and as the sun was shining and I had a little extra time I added some colour with my watercolours. I’ll be back to sketch the unveiling when it happens.


The  restoration is part of The Twelve Monuments Project, a joint initiative of Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council, which has restored many of the city’s most important monuments and statues. The planned work to St Bernard’s Well as an estimated cost of £232,839, which after contributions from EWH and the City of Edinburgh Council will leave £50,000 to be raised in donations. If you would like to make a donation please contact EWH on 0131 220 7720 or info@ewht.org.uk.

For more information about the restoration and the history of the well, visit the Edinburgh World Heritage site HERE.


Inverleith park

We went for a walk through the park today, the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue.

Inverleith park is opposite the Botanics in Edinburgh and has a beautiful duck pond close to the Stockbridge exit of the park. My wife and I, along with the twins all wrapped up against the wind,  took a bag full of bread to feed the swans, ducks and seagulls that flock there.

Here is a quick (as it was a bit nippy and my fingers were going numb!) sketch of Joanne feeding the swans, a pen sketch with a little watercolour over the top.