HMS Duncan spotted in Istanbul July 2019

Whilst on holiday in Istanbul we had gone out for an evening stroll with the children. I left my wife and sister in law chatting away watching the kids in a playground. I decided I would have 20 mins spare and so I headed for the water. It was only 30 meters. Anyway I was …

My pain and why not everyone understands

I have never written much about pain in the past and until now I have not thought about why. I am not really sure why “I understand” but here goes…  Firstly I think that I am honest with myself about my pain. That’s a good start. A long while ago I met someone in hospital and he …

Why does calling the doctor cause so much stress?

Well regardless or not what your medical need is it is simply not acceptable that it takes 51 attempts from 0829 to have the doctors phone even ring. It’s not fair on patients and causes me significant reluctance to actually call them. Now I do want to say that my usual doctors(when I get lucky …

Scott Sibbald Showing at Musselburgh Art Club Art Exhibition August 2018

I cant believe that its this time again. Its time for club exhibhition in the Old Town Hall in Musselburgh. We run from the dates and times below but after several weeks of masking tape, mount boards, plastic and sadly 1 ruined painting I have my entries ready to go. 5 Large canvas and 8 …

Spring plein air painting in the Pentlands

So Saturday morning in the Pentlands .. It was good fun but I got sunburnt even with a Cap and Hood up but the wind was so strong and lets just say my easel did not survive the trip.   The other observation was that my oil paints were very fluid so much more than …

Spring plein air painting in Musselburgh

So on last Sunday I was able to grab the painting gear and hit Musselburgh.. problems were I had only 60 or 90 minutes. It was dependant on Alexander either sleeping while his mum walks with him.. thankfully it turned out to be nearly 90 minutes but it was not quite long enough.  Why, mainly …

Snoopy at the Sick Kids children’s hospital edinburgh that I doodled/painted this year.

It was a couple of months back now but it was a late Friday evening and one of the kids started feeling very, very unwell. It’s always easy to say afterwards that it was an over reaction to call 999 but we did not overreact that night. Sp the ambulance crew arrived in less than …

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 …

Today is pain awareness day so seems right to paint while the sun is out!

  The sun was out and so it felt the right time for painting outdoors. Of course my house does not look out towards Seattle but the cityscape was inclosed with a gift Tanya and I received for our son Alexander. The gift was a christening present of a really cool Seattle Seahawks shirt which is …

Musselburgh Art Club Annual Exhibition from the 6th-13th August 2016

Almost exactly a year ago I posted about the upcoming exhibition of art from Musselburgh Art Club that I am a happy member of. So it may be a week later than last due to civic events in Musselburgh #ROM2016 but the art club is getting ready to put on our event. I have also …

Urban sketching in the sun followed by a walk and a pint

What a nice day today. Painted outside the house with Alexander for a while in the morning. It was glorious and has got my painting and urban sketching appetite going. Should Urban Sketching in East Lothian interest you? Then please have a look at my other post about urban sketching in Musselburgh or East lothian …

Train sketching and even a bit of nuclear train spotting on the way.. Nice 

Train sketching and even a bit of nuclear train spotting on the way.. Nice So today was another day trip to the pain clinic in Glasgow. It’s a repeat of a trip from last month but I need to go and replace my power charger for my spinal cord stimulator. While the trip is a …

Great view south east from Prestonpans station

Last Thursday was a Lovely day, cold fresh and so tempting to paint.. I thought I will do that now on the train to another hospital appointment in Glasgow. It worked out in the end but the problem was on the return journey when someone brushed my arm and now I have a pencil line …

Urban Sketching while attending Edinburgh’s hospitals

Urban Sketching at Edinburgh regional hostpitals. It’s not unusual for me to visit hospitals but as I had a lot of December appointments I also wanted to use the time better than reading an old copy of a magazine. I decided to bring my outdoor sketching kit and started to draw the area where I …