This study is smaller and was painted faster than the first one, because of this, it has more energy and movement in the brushwork. I returned to the same spot as before but this time with the intention to focus on the composition. I climbed a bank and discovered the 'S' shape of the path winding up the hill, I liked the way that the path was striped with light and shade. The greens turned out to be the hardest part - so many hues yet all the same value!
Having spent a remarkably chilly morning by Leith Docks I then ventured into town for the afternoon.
After a very welcome coffee with Fiona McCrindle at the fantastic Edinburgh Drawing School Gallery I continued into the centre of the city to look for a view of that castle...
And I found it, looking across from Calton Hill I liked the mixture of old and new; the classic architecture and distinctive skyline alongside the shiny new roof of the shopping centre over Waverley station and the glittering windows of the traffic on the bridge. I had a great time making the painting and met some really friendly people who had also climbed the hill to enjoy the view. It was the first really warm sunny day of the year and some musicians had gathered nearby me to enjoy the sunshine. The sound of a tin whistle and acoustic guitar playing traditional Scottish folk tunes drifted by on the breeze as I painted- perfect!