Although being a desk-based bureaucrat isn't quite the wild-haired bohemian artist career path I might have wanted, the location of said desk does allow me to get out onto Calton Hill in a matter of minutes and knock out a quick drawing or painting at lunchtime, weather permitting of course. Here's a couple from earlier this week.
The (unfinished) National Monument of Scotland:
The monument dominates the top of Calton Hill, just to the east of Princes Street. It was designed during 1823-6 by Charles Robert Cockerell and William Henry Playfair and is modelled upon the Parthenon in Athens. Construction started in 1826 and, due to the lack of funds, was left unfinished in 1829. This circumstance gave rise to various nicknames such as "Scotland's Disgrace", "Edinburgh's Disgrace", "the Pride and Poverty of Scotland" and "Edinburgh's Folly".
Old Observatory House - you can sleep in it!