Strong Shadows, late afternoon – Merchiston Place, Edinburgh. Ink/Inktense on a watercolour Moleskine.

After last night’s disturbed sleep we went for a spot of lunch in this, up market area of Edinburgh. This was mainly to revisit old haunts as I haven’t been here for some time but we felt the need to treat ourselves to some “Retail Therapy” as well. I remember this area quite well as I was a student here 40 years ago. Napier University is just around the corner – I was there all that time ago studying engineering. The houses are still very expensive, even more so than back then – this one would cost a million or so now. One thing hasn’t changed. The streets are lined with many magnificent trees which are a joy, especially in the warmer seasons. As we floated homewards, along the street, towards our parked car; full of lemonade and grilled salmon, I was very taken with the strong, black shadows cast by the setting sun and I’ve tried to capture this in the painting. Incidentally – the expensive-looking car in the foreground, is NOT ours.