Sketching Edinburgh

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Sketchbook page: Dean Village, Edinburgh

Since January I’ve been taking a cityscape painting course at Edinburgh College of Art. It has been everything I hoped it would be – namely, an excellent shove back into daily life as a painter.

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Sketchbook page: Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Sometimes having too much freedom about what art to make next can be overwhelming – endless possibilities, how to choose? Having someone say, “draw this, paint that” is incredibly helpful. Rather than thinking about what art to make, you just make art.

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Sketchbook page: Edinburgh from the Royal Botanical Garden

Taking a class or workshop is also a great way to learn a new approach to making art. My teacher is big on sketching on location, and then using those sketches (rather than photographs) as source material for paintings. In my practice I tend to use photographs more than sketches as source material, so this has been an excellent trip outside my comfort zone. I can’t remember the last time I’ve filled up a sketchbook so quickly.

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Sketchbook page: Edinburgh skyline studies

Going outside to sketch every week has also reminded me how incredibly lucky I am to live in a city as gorgeous as Edinburgh. Even on cold drizzly mornings like today, I am so happy to be here.

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Sketchbook page: Edinburgh Castle from New Town

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5 Responses to “Sketching Edinburgh”

  1. J.A. from Amsterdam says:

    I love the sketches, Julie, I am particularly charmed by the line drawing of the skyline.

  2. Em says:

    such stunning sketches! i’m so glad you got a good shove :))

  3. Jul says:

    Thanks, you guys! I’m looking forward to developing them into larger works.

  4. Kim S says:

    Tres TRES Bien, Madame! C’est mieulliex que d’accord! Aurevoir pour maintenant!

  5. Jul says:

    D’accord! (Said in my best David Sedaris voice.)

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