Pigeons and Picnics, Princes Street Gardens
Limited edition print of 750. Signed, numbered and titled.
Standard size - 38cm x 26cm on A3+ paper (48cm x 33cm)
Mounted prints are presented in an off-white mount with card backing in a cellophane sleeve size 50 x 40cm.
Un-mounted prints are rolled up in a sturdy postal tube.
Highest quality Giclee print.
On a day like this the Gardens are full of people enjoying a break from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street. They are picnicking on the grass, putting, reading, watching squirrels or just daydreaming. In the foreground I painted a young couple out on a date sharing a bench with two tourists one with a Costa coffee and the other a Marks and Spencer sandwich. On the other bench a suited man reads his paper in his lunch break, a child with an ice lolly notices me sketching and two teenage girls are engrossed in their phones.
As I sketched away, my children took the opportunity to chase pigeons, you can see them both to the middle left of the painting. On the middle right of the painting you can spot a gardener hard at work. The highlight of the gardeners’ year is planting the floral clock situated near the bottom of The Mound. It is the oldest one in the world and measures approx 12 feet wide. It takes 2 men 5 weeks to plant the whole clock area. It features a mechanical cuckoo that chimes every 15 minutes. The Floral Clock is the main subject of one of my other Edinburgh paintings.