These are two new multi-layered handmade screen prints of Edinburgh which I've been working on over the last couple of weeks. The city was my grandfather's home town and its somewhere I've returned to regularly for many years. Most recently I've been in the city researching locations for my forthcoming Places of Pilgrimage exhibition (more details HERE) when I went to see Greyfriar's Bobby's memorial, where people leave dog toys and sticks for the ghost of the Skye terrier, and the Elephant House Cafe, where J.K. Rowling used to write. (Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall-Smith are also customers).
Scotland's capital is a place of contrasts - sometimes stern and forbidding under grey skies and sometimes bright in the sun. A place of dark deeds - the "Resurection Men" trading corpses - and home to one of the greatest art festivals in the world. A good humoured phrase often associated with "Auld Reekie" is "its all fur coat and nae knickers" which pretty much says it all!
I've captured Edinburgh in two different moods - the brooding and the light hearted - taking the same view of the city or both from Calton Hill. On the skyline is the castle and, in the foreground, the tower of the Balmoral hotel.