30 August 2015

Colour me happy

If I had to pick a way to spend a Sunday, I'd probably just do loads of colouring in.
So today I was at Edinburgh International Book Festival doing just that. With the help of A LOT of lovely people, we transformed this:
(my doodles of Edinburgh city centre)

Into this:
(a riotous colourful map full of new doodles and characters)

We did this over two and a half hours, which involved much chatting and singing and laughing. I heard a cracking joke about a cow from a three year old, but I don't think it should be repeated in public. 

The turn out was better than I could have hoped and the crowd ranged from tiny tots to grandparents. Everyone did a great job and seemed to get really absorbed in the activity, confirming in my mind my long held belief that colouring in is brill. It's therapy!

Every time I look at the maps I find another wee detail or character:

(The famous monkey of Usher Hall)

(Some tiny superheroes and a bird hanging out in Princes Street Gardens)

And to top it all off, many of the artists signed my 'guestbook' with self-portraits! This is now hanging proudly on my studio wall.

Good effort team. And thank you Book Festival! See you next year :-)