Saturday, 24 August 2013

South Queensferry

We all did variations of the rail bridge......there was no ignoring it. but I feel some of the others captured it better.
Then I got more into my comfort zone.

.....but after lunch attempted a bit of the bridge again.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Queensferry Passage

Queensferry was such a good choice for today's sketching trip - a great place for the sketching friends to meet. We were all drawn to the magic of that iconic structure - the Forth Bridge. I remember drawing it when I was a child at primary school for 'Junior Science' - I hope this attempt is a little better!

As I sketched it I was drawn into trying to understand the structure of the bridge - it is so bold and also so complex.  After this, I walked into Queensferry. I love those Terraces with streets above houses and the crow-stepped gables. I did this sketch.

 This sketch is a bit over-worked, I think. Maybe having started on the Bridge I had been drawn into thinking about detail? cos once I started this sketch, I got into the detail too much.  I think the result is a bit of a jumble.  So as a counterpoint I did this very quick sketch.

I love this building - the Black Castle. It juts out into the street, an uncompromising presence in black harling.  The Vennel slips down the steps at the side.

After lunch I didn't do much. The inevitable seagulls, preening themselves as the tide came in...

And then another attempt at capturing the townscape and the Terraces, but I think I was a bit tired by this time. Love that sweep of the street, though.

It is such a lovely place, Queensferry - a real gem.  It has resonances with Edinburgh's Victoria Street and parts of Leith.  And it also has the outlook of those two bridges. The railway bridge definitely desreves World Heritage status...lets hope this is awarded!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Port Seton

Just posting this before our next outing tomorrow to South Queensferry - got diverted by the hot summer and the garden.
It was a productive outing in spite of bracing weather. I particularly enjoyed the colours at the harbour.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Long time since I managed to get to a sketchers day out, but despite the weather enjoyed losing myself in drawing again. Great day out with great company.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Port Seton on a grey day

We almost called it off today as the weather forecast was so bad. But when we got there, it started to clear up.  I had decided the lobster pots were for me, so boldly went in with a scratchy pen.

 I think I exhausted myself doing this complicated drawing, cos it was downhill afterwards...
One of the non-working boats in the harbour - 'Swift Sure'  - I love the lines of this boat.
And the dark harbour with Fife peeping over the top - I thought it would be better in graphite....

And I was watching the men painting the big boat, so I sketched it in pen
And when I got home I added some watercolour, while the image was still in my mind. Big improvement!
On my way home, I stopped the car to do a couple of quick pastel sketches.  I was fighting against the wind, which had become rather fierce, and maybe you can see this in the sketches.  This is looking towards the Pentlands.

And this looks towards Musselburgh from the same spot (the red is from poppies!). I spent even less time on it, but the field of barley in the foreground looked amazing (have not done it justice).

Looking forward to seeing Mhairi's and Elspeth's sketches!  Next trip on 2nd August, no venue yet decided.....

Monday, 3 June 2013

Part of Aberdour Castle sketched on a sunny day from a conveniently positioned bench!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Aberdour...for more than half an hour

We had a really good day sketching in Aberdour yesterday.  A sunny day, but very windy, so OK for sketching.

Here are the sketches I did, starting with my favourite - the view back to Edinburgh with the storm-tossed boats in the middle-distance.

And a wee quick sketch of Inchcolme

And a charcoal sketch of the wider sea view

I also did some buildings and trees.

 I particularly loved this tree, with its rather severe haircut!

 And this curious building....

Bit of a gap with the posts, girls. We should be doing better.  This was a good sketching venue (well, it suited me) and the weather was good, so maybe it will inspire us further.