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This is a group for anyone interested in drawing and learning through observation. Visiting Art Galleries and travelling to different locations to create and explore.

Upcoming events (5)

"Leaves and bark" at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Royal Botanic Garden

"Leaves for smooth and bark for rough,
Leaves and bark may be tree enough."
Robert Frost.

"The Botanics", as it is known locally, was established in 1670. Within the gardens, there is a permanent sculpture exhibition showing work by Andy Goldsworthy and Barbara Hepworth. At 12:00pm I shall be seated outside Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, facing the city. I will be working on an A3 sketch-pad so I should be conspicuous.
(you will need to book online due to COVID restrictions)

Sketching/Painting the Castle, Gardens and the Ross Fountain.

Princes Street Gardens

At 12:00pm I shall be seated in the Gardens between the Ross Fountain and the Ross Open Air Theatre facing Princes Street. I will be working on an A3 sketch-pad so I should be conspicuous.
The Ross Fountain was installed in 1872 by Daniel Ross. It shows a standing naked woman at the top, above four more naked nymphs representing the Arts, Science, Poetry and Industry.
Dean Ramsay whose church, was nearby called the fountain, "grossly indecent and disgusting".

Painting a "Line on the Horizon" at Portobello.

"the old bandstand" esplanade,

From Portobello High Street, turn left at John Street, passing Abercorn Park to the promenade. The "Three Pillars" of the Community Garden are on the right at the esplanade, known as "the old bandstand" area.
I shall be seated facing the sea, I will be working on an A2/A3 sketch-pad so I should be conspicuous.

Sketching at St. Margarets Loch.

St. Margarets Loch, Queens Drive

St. Margarets Loch is over-looked by St. Anthonys Chapel and Arthurs Seat. At 12:00pm I shall be seated at the edge of the Loch, I will be working on an A2 or A3 sketch-pad, so I should be conspicuous.

"The mountain sat upon the plain
In his eternal chair,
His observation omnifold,
His inquest everywhere.
The seasons prayed around his knees,
Like children round a sire,
Grandfather of the days is he,
Of dawn and ancestor."
(The mountain by Emily Dickinson)

Past events (249)

Drawing and Painting at Dr. Neils "Secret Garden".

Dr. Neils Garden

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