Spring in the air so out comes the outdoor painting kit! 

What a day it was in Fisherrow harbour in Musselburgh yesterday!

The sun was out the temperature was a very warm 14 degrees in the car.  So It was that I brought my oil paints but in the end I had only a hour so watercolour it was.

I started off with my Stillman and Brian Epsilon sketchbook. That good for panoramic compositions so I went for the coast line of Fife over to the city of Edinburgh with snow covered hills in the distance(that I left out anyway).. I decided to leave them out as it was so warm that it seemed unlikely in Scotland to have that combination. It was such a pretty site and so out came the lady Safari fountain pen with waterproof/bulletproof Platinum Carbon Ink as they call their product. 

I sketched and started to add watercolour, while that was drying in the sun I started to map out a large Langton Prestige rough block. I took more time in mapping and used my water soluble graphite pencil. I wanted to lay out the General areas then apply colour and more details. The light was so bright that the paper does not reflect the marks and in the end I only got the initial wash applied.  I will pick that up at home again soon. Time flies when working on two papers simultaneously and I needed to pick up Alexander so I was out of time. 

While just starting to pack up I got talking with a family about my painting,  I said that I painted as a form of therapy which led to talking about other health problems we both share but on different levels. It was really nice to talk with them and I wanted to say I’m I am thinking about you both and i hope you enjoyed the sunshine and I will keep thinking of you both. 
I also as a couple of photos from my Friday afternoon sketching when I was waiting for my car to have its MOT. Never seen so many police in Tranent before. There are a couple of houses that needed front doors replaced. 

Whatever is your placebo make sure you keep using it, I will keep painting it’s my placebo so I will try come wind rain or shine… unless my body makes that impossible… 

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