The View, east, from The National Gallery of Scotland – Mainly Pencil on a plain Moleskine Sketchbook

This looks along East Princes Street Gardens towards the Balmoral Hotel formerly the North British Hotel, the main “Railway Hotel” for Edinburgh. The hotel sits above Waverley Railway Station. Its clock is always a few minutes fast to help passengers catch their trains.

I visited the National Gallery today to see a large exhibition of works by Turner, painted during his trips to Italy. The exhibition was superb and was made all the better by the fact I managed to save £16.00 by obtaining a couple of free tickets. (There is no more joy than that of a canny Scotsman who gets something for nothing). I must have been elated for I sat for some time sketching this view despite only having a pencil, fine nibbed pen, eraser and a paper stump for blending