Wednesday, 30 December 2009

This aint pick and mix

Merry Festives!
I am still here... just very unproductive. I have played around with a few things over Christmas but will wait until January to post some images.


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Early morning birdsong

I am, yet again, painting at four in the morning. I suspect that the vast amounts of strong tea that I have recently taken to imbibing are interfering with my sleep pattern somewhat.  My achievements are plentiful but am in danger of becoming nocturnal. I have come to the conclusion that my (and possibly everyones) brain works better at night.  My perception is that, without the intangible myriad of distractions the day presents, I can divine an unrelenting focus. It feels like I am back at Uni and pulling an all-nighter...but without the pro-plus and vodka.

Here is a photo of the unfinished kitchen-table project that has consumed my period of slumber. It's another Pica Pica Corvid for The UnionGallery in Edinburgh. There is a similar painting titled "Joy" at El Studio Diablo that awaits my finishing touches. Dylan Bloody Doolittle!

The animal paintings have been very well received, in no small part, thanks to The Amazing Alison at UnionGallery. My recent English Bull Terrier paintings were added to the collections of two esteemed collectors.  Both of which have previous animal paintings to welcome the new arrivals. Happy days. It's a nice feeling to know that these paintings exist together as they were intended. Here they are again.

There is a rumour that the Lisle meets Patsy McArthur joint show will be happening in July-ish of 2010 at The UnionGallery in Edinburgh. I am excited and daunted in equal measure. The International Artiste McArthur is a force to be reckoned with and I think there will be an interesting power struggle on display. Sad really.

Right then bed! Prepare for some Lisle...

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


This is technically Monday's post but I have found myself working into the wee hours. This is the start of a raw umber and white underpainting.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Terrible photies

This happened today...but I was not scared

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Art for Art's sake...Money for God's sake!

" I don't own any of my own paintings because a Picasso original
costs several thousands of dollars - it is a luxury I cannot afford."
Pablo Picasso

A sentiment felt by many artists I am sure!

Remember folks, Coburg House Open Studios is on this weekend! Follow this link for details LINK!. Although I am not taking part, there are over thirty artists of various disciplines that are. Seek this out!

I will be there on Sunday but my door will be closed. A polite knock will open it if you fancy a chat.

I have been busy with two magpies and a sky today.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

More poor photography

Gemini Cricket!
After a few days graft, I am a little closer to finishing this painting. The end of the week would be nice. I am a bit freaked out by the swan but I think it will work. I have been a little distracted by the Bully paintings of late and would like to see the back of both Bullys and Swans.

Will not post any more of this until it is completed.

This week has seen the partial demise of my camera's focal range. If anyone would like to donate an auto focus EFS 18-55mm lens for a Canon 350D I would kiss them on the face.

I like sausages thanks for asking.


Monday, 30 November 2009

Bully 3

Here's a photo of the new Dylan Doolittle painting for UnionGallery, Edinburgh.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

I was in very good company this afternoon. The Great Charlie McCulloch was in attendance . Cripple towers was truly blessed. A powerful designer of web based things and stuff that my luddite brain does not fathom. A beast of a brain to be sure! Check my links for proof.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Al 's latest masterpiece.

Here is a photo of my brilliant student Alistair's latest offering.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

UnionGallery on the culturally bristling Broughton Street Edinburgh

The UnionGallery have continued to hang an accessible, credible and incredibly sensible mask on the the dour face of Edinburgh's comercial art market. Works from Scottish luminaries take precedence over popularists, yet they maintain the unerringly hangable and domestic capabilities of popular art. Artists such as Alison Auldjo (the insightful gallery owner) and that of, BP Portrait prize winning, David Hosie dominate an uptown/down town space that speaks to both sides of the cultural divide. An amazing space. Amazing Artists. Amazing Artist curators!!!!

AA pups

I'm saying nothing just yet but Alison at the Fantastic UnionGallery LINK might like these puppies.

Aspirational locations

I know, I know! I have been a bit quiet of late. I have had the revered opportunity to spend four days at The Queen's Hut in the bonny and remote Aboyne. It is such a relief to blow the cobwebs from one's hair and see life at it's most rudimentary level. Trees, water and ducks are are a far cry from the droning intimacy of the city. I would quite happily spend six months of my year up there being focused and productive...and then six months painting in the city. I am, suffice to say, blown away by this location and it's implications.

On my return I thought it prudent to work from home on the Festive Bestiary for UnionGallery in Broughton St in Edinburgh. Lots of dogs and birds! It's looking good. but I fear these may be collectable if you know what I mean.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Avast! Hammer time, Me Hearties!

El studio Diablo was reassuringly cold today; a sure sign that I will not be hell-bound anytime soon. I am the consummate sinner.

I have painted a significant portion of the reverse drapery scenario today. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOORing. I did expect there to be repetition in the execution of this piece, yet I underestimated just how labour intensive and laborious these repetitions would prove to be. Looking good though. Fragmental sentences being another sin!

No photos of the Painting as that would be Boooooooooooooring.

Keep in mind the open studios at Click it it's a link. Lots of Jewellery for the Gals and Paintings for the Guys. The blogspot explains it better than my shambling rantings. Go seee!

Off to paint some dogs
Peas oot

Post script

The image here is a portrait of a close friend of mine. If YOU would like the loved one in your life immortalised in paint please get in touch.

Coburg House open Studio Event

Remember to come along to the open studios at Coburg House. It's Super Awesome and a great place to get your Christmas shopping done. LINK

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


I have reworked the drapery underpainting that was completed yesterday. Odd.. when I take a photo it looks exactly the same. Not cool. Trust me it looks amazing!

Monday, 9 November 2009

And for my next trick...I will perform this backwards!

A long and arduous day has borne fruit. I have finally managed to underpaint one half of the drapery. My mind was, pretty much, melting at 7pm. Tomorrow I shall attempt the same thing backwards. I feel like a rather inert stuntman....or really shit magician.

This has taken me far longer than anything I have endeavored to produce so far.

More laters

I am, therefore I am, therefore I am, therefore I am
Thanks for asking

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

No skiving


I have been working but the big painting is at the stage where it looks pretty ugly so you are not allowed a peek. This is normal.

I will be working on the UnionGallery Bestiary this evening.


Saturday, 31 October 2009

Things might be okay

Here are some heavily distorted photographs of the work so far. I feel that things are going to plan but I am finding it difficult keeping the quality of paint the same in both figures. Although I do not necessarily want the figures to be exact mirror images, I do want there to be some level of consistency in the way they are painted.

Anyhoo, things are going well and I'm a happy and productive bunny. Not a reproductive bunny though.

Friday, 30 October 2009



I'm still chipping away at the large Gemini painting. Now that I have finished the acrylic underpainting, I am now proceeding to paint opaquely over it. This stage is where the real hard work begins and it is sometimes quite stressful. I really can not afford any mistakes at this stage. It is doubtful that I will post any photos of this painting until I am happy that things are going to plan.

I will attempt to get some drawings done this coming week for the open studios in December. click this LINK. Hopefully I can get a few things framed before the opening.

I am also working on the animal paintings for UnionGallery in Edinburgh.

Busy bee

Monday, 26 October 2009

chipping away

Al Heighton at Cripple Towers

I have just said my farewells to the talented illustrator Mr Al Heighton. I have spent a long weekend playing the role of host and tour guide. Galleries were perused, food and drink consumed and Al even found time to destroy a pub quiz compere. Genius!

Check out Al's Blog and Website in my links.

Friday, 23 October 2009

The Harrold

Alan Harrold's new Illustrations. Check my links for more oddness/goodness


The drapery for this painting is loosely based on this mock up on my kitchen floor. The thigh is a tube sock and a pillow. I feel weird sharing the fact that I made a prosthetic thigh and took photographs of it.

Actually it wasn't this photo but one similar. Still feels wrong.

Pushing on

Taken on phone.
Hard work this one!

Tomorrow brings the Spectacularly Talented Mr Alan Heighton to Cripple Towers; all the way from Yorkshire! I suspect we will hit every Gallery in Edinburgh over the long weekend. Tea and biscuits will be consumed in abundance.
More on this later!

I'm sleeping....thanks for being quiet

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Saturday, 10 October 2009


Pulled this off facebork. The Spacktacularly talented Mr Alan Harrold! No links I'm afraid as he is drearily useless at self promotion. Old Gray's School of Art pal. He's now teaching kiddles down at Heretfordshire art school. Alan Harrold! An amazing artist and a much missed feature of this bloggers life!

All is well
Lisle Style


Mind Meltingly good

Friday, 9 October 2009

Tucked away in St Andrews, Scotland

These paintings and a few smaller pieces are still available at The Fraser Gallery in St Andrews, Scotland. Due to the broken leg thing, I have not produced much this year and this is your heads-up on where to find it. The framing is done in-house and is exceptional. It's all under glass too!

I am back to work now but all new work has been reserved by galleries. However, well proposed commissions will always be given priority.

I'm awesome thanks for asking

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Friday, 2 October 2009

Cooking on large canvas

Today has been tremendous! My interaction with the studio environment has actually born fruit.
I have decided that my efforts should be restricted to large scale work with more hearty themes. I started this big bugger today. It's a gemini painting and will hopefully take in a few influences from the mythology. blah blah blah. I'm excited! 100cm square I think. The smaller of the two new pieces.

A bit of a poop photo but once things are rolling I will post more comprehensive images. Very early stages. Lots more drawing to be done.

I want three piece suits...thanks for asking!



Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Forming ideas

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed---and gazed---but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Thursday, 24 September 2009


Two down and four to go. Not sure what to paint next.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Alan Heighton

You simply must check this guy out! An old school friend of mine who is now kicking arse! He does the Guardian and stuff...genius! Alan Heighton. see my links

Monday, 21 September 2009

Morning has broken...

The uber trendy UnionGallery in Edinburgh has requested six small animal paintings. Here is the first of The Lisle Bestiary. A simple British Blackbird. This takes me back to junior school assembly when we were required to sing hymns. I am sure the adolescent cacophany paled in comparison to this wee fella's early morning warblings.

Although I am far from religious, the sentiment of this christian hymn is sound. It's great to be alive!

Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven

Like the first dewfall, on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning

Born of the one light, Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise every morning

God's recreation of the new day

Friday, 18 September 2009

Blue Period

I have as yet failed to begin any new masterpieces. However, I have the Talented International Artiste Patsy McArthur over from New York staying at Cripple Towers and, as always, I have found myself newly inspired.

I spotted Miss McArthur on the balcony earlier this evening working through her blue period. I think she is reacting against my rather formal approach and it would appear she is embracing abstract expressionism.

I did notice that she was using a dogs water bowl as a mixing bowl. I think she is regressing.

There has been more idle chitchat about a collaborative exhibition and I think we may be one step further down the road of indecision. More on this later


Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Watch this space

I should be starting my engines again this week. I have had a few pretty evil operations on my leg of late but I am over the worst!

I will make a concerted effort to post as much as I can

About bloody time.

Monday, 31 August 2009

The broken leg is not conducive to working quickly.

Just about done, a wee tickle here and there. Decided against putting anything in the squares.
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