Tuesday 19 February 2013

Running a mixed-media workshop, then Beethoven in St Giles.

Last Sunday, 17 February, was a full day. I was leading an all-day mixed-media workshop for members of the Livingston Art Association. Our venue was the excellent studio in the Howden Park Centre.

We started with pencil sketches then worked into them using watercolour, oil pastel, chalk pastel and crayon. Finishing off by using bold black ink. Then people tried painting in watercolour with no underdrawing - a great way to free up one's work. It was a lovely relaxed group and the results were really good.

Sketching in St Giles

In the evening I was back St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for the second Sunday in a row. Heriot-Watt Orchestra were playing, after the Heriot-Watt choirs had sung there last week. Both part of the regular St Giles' at Six series of free concerts. The cathedral was packed and the music was great. Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and a really stirring shorter piece, Coriolanus.

Again I sat at the back and made a sketch. This time in biro:

St Giles Cathedral, Heriot-Watt orchestra, 17th February 2013. biro on paper

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