“Bluegum Trees” watercolour in Moleskine Watercolour Notebook – Maree©
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Trees near Edinburgh Airport – Ink/Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine
Started sketching this while out on a recent cycle run. It was finished, later, at home. These beeches are heavy with leaf and more come down in windy weather, at this time of year, than at any other. Experts say its because the dense foliage creates a barrier to weather. Because of this ability to provide shelter beeches were planted as “nursery trees” around estates and forests. These ones are next to Gogarburn Golf Course, opposite Edinburgh Airport. The golf course was once was a large private estate with a huge range of different trees from around the world. In our folklore, they are known as “The Mother of the Forest” and its thought that a 30 foot specimen can provide a windbreak of up to 3 times that distance. Using this knowledge, one school pupil once wrote that a 30 foot beech tree can break wind for 90 feet – a frightening thought!
All this and Bats too – Inktense in a Watercolour Moleskine
A late evening sketch, looking northwards from the local woods over some recently harvested cereal fields. Thursday has been a nice day but the weather is set to turn stormy. I’m enjoying playing around with a few Inktense pencils but don’t know how this drawing will turn out. I’m thinking that the local farmer must be giving thanks in getting his crops cut and the hay bailed (That’s what these cylinders, in the fields, are meant to be – one wee boy said they were Polo Mints for cows). I finally return home and sit outside in the darkness unwilling to give up and go inside. Suddenly I’m surrounded by small bats flitting around the house. We have had bats roosting under the eaves of our house for many years but recent building work, in the woods behind us, seemed to have disturbed them and we haven’t seen them at all this year. Its such a joy to realise they have not gone.
PS A few inches of rain fell on Friday and Saturday.
A quick sketch of the tuilleries outside of the Louvre in Paris. When i was there i did lots of drawing and heres one of them. Also going on a whitewater wilderness canoe trip in Quebec for three weeks, and hopefully ill get some drawing done then too.
My friend Bobbie drawing the long tree lined road. Yesterday I spent a beautiful day out with my nature journaling friends and students. We drew at Lasdon Arboretum working on perspective, textures and having a good time enjoying a sunny breezy morning.
This is a small shady garden dedicated to my son Graham. It is shaded by three huge sugar maples. A favorite place to sit on hot summer days….
The Lumber Strikes Back – Ink/pencil on a Moleskine Sketchbook
This one is for Bobomonkey who obviously is oblivious to the threat offered by vengeful trees after “scalping” one in his garden. Be careful, when venturing into the woods, my friend.
My garden – Pencil with ink highlights in a plain Moleskine Sketchbook
We have had some unusually hot weather here in Scotland and this has made sleeping difficult. On Friday, I gave up trying and went and sat in the garden with a wee sketchbook and doodled away. This effort was started at 5.40am and finished about an hour later. Perhaps I’ll post the other ones later.
Pink Snow – Jawbone Walk, Edinburgh Meadows – Watercolour in an A4Watercolour Moleskine
Jawbone Walk is one of the main paths cutting across the Meadows. It gets its name from the curious arch constructed from the jawbones of whales, placed at the south end of the route. You can just about see this here:
This was a common practise in days gone by when whaling was one of the mainstays of Scottish industry, in fact whale oil was the only oil available for lighting until James Young developed a method of extracting oil from shale bearing rocks. There is a similar structure on top of North Berwick Law but it is formed from fibreglass, the original having disintegrated long ago. The path is lined with flowering cherries which only seem to bloom for a few days every year, the climate causes the blossom to fall prematurely. At least I saw it this year
Bruntsfield Links – Watercolour/Inktense on an A4 Watercolour Moleskine
There are two great open spaces towards the south side of Edinburgh. These are The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links. They are separated by Melville Drive which joins the Tollcross area to the extension of the “Bridges” heading south thus making this one of the busiest places in the city. Despite this, the two green spaces are oasis’ of peace. Every city needs these “lungs” and this area compares well with St Stephens Green in Dublin or some of the great London Parks. Bruntsfield was, in the time of David 1st, part of the Boroughmuir, a large wooded area. It was gifted to the city by this king. These days nothing remains of this early forest but some of today’s trees are quite spectacular. It is unfortunate that, like many other areas in the Northern hemisphere, many of the fine elms are dying and are gradually being cut down in an effort to minimise the spread of Dutch Elm Disease.
This scene shows Barclay Church, built with a legacy of £10,000 in 1864 from Miss Mary Barclay. In front of the church the green area is used by a “Short Golf Course” – locally known as a “Pitch and Putt” course. It’s free to use and is kept in immaculate condition by the City Parks’ Department. One of the Capital’s private courses, situated to the north of Edinburgh is also called “Bruntsfield” which causes some confusion with visitors. Don’t turn up at this one expecting a free game of golf.