Glasgow and Edinburgh

Had a wonderful time visiting friends in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow. So nice to return to Scotland. A welcome break after a v busy pre Frankfurt Book fair. Visited some great places including the Hill of Tarvit and St Andrews. Was lovely to see more of Glasgow’s amazing architecture. Highlights include visiting the Glasgow Print studio, Queens Park and an evening out in the West End. Once in Edinburgh, in true tourist style, even hopped on a tourist bus. Every time I go back to Edinburgh¬† it reminds me of my student days. Unsurprisingly, over the past 15 years there have been changes. Most obvious to me has been the regeneration of Tollcross where I once lived. New businesses with glass facades have replaced many of the old buildings. A new tram line (in progress), restaurants, shops, banks etc.. have also appeared. Most importantly it still retains it’s great beauty and charm.

Saw a magical Peter Doig exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery. Always enjoy visiting the Fruitmarket gallery for the bookshop, cafe and exhibition. First time visit to the Dovecot gallery thanks to a recommendation from friends. Home to a permanent tapestry studio (viewable from a balcony). Also, currently showing the photographs of David Peat including Glasgow street scenes from the late 1960s. The Edinburgh Printmakers has a great studio too and currently some wonderful prints by John Bellany. Squeezed in a visit to Morningside. Wish I could have spent more time there. Hope to return soon!

Hastings Fish

Always enjoy returning to Hastings. I was at the Jerwood gallery and stopped off at the fish shop nearby. Had an interesting chat with the owner about the Old Town. The window displays are always impressive. Tried to sketch as quickly as I could so I wasn’t blocking the view for passers by. So much to draw – monkfish, mackerel, mullet, crab, prawns, sprats . . . you name it, it was there! I used some artistic license to incorporate the most interesting (or prettiest) fish.