Tuesday, 30 June 2009

4K hits to the blog!

That's about a thousand hits a month. I really need to make more of an effort if people are going to be reading this. I shall make it this weeks mission to step things up a wee bitty.

Here's a photo of an unfinished commission from a few years ago. I do not have a photo of the finished piece. I must start keeping a proper record of these things. I had forgotten how nice this painting was.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

todays work

Sketched two paintings out today. This is one of them, not too sure about the other... will tighten things up tomorrow.

I'm tired

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

My hair is cool

I have had a fairly relaxing day. I met up with my pal Iain Carby (click for link) for a spot of al fresco lunch and banter and then pottered around the studio. Although I have not achieved a great deal in terms of painting, I have planned the next few masterpieces.

I may do a bit of drawing this evening.

Here are a couple of photos from my childhood. As you can see, even then I was touched by genius. I believe this could be called my abstract period. I also have very cool hair.

My hair is still cool, thanks for asking

Friday, 19 June 2009

Edinburgh to L.A?

A wee update. I will hopefully resolve this today.

I received an email from a rather splendid looking gallery in L.A this morning.
The Cambridge Art Gallery in Santa Monica no less! Check out their website here
Cambridge Art Gallery
I think there may be an exhibition in the pipeline. We shall see.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

just you wait and see.

I know it's still looking a bit all over the place but bear with me. The striped areas are to be glazed out until they are barely visible and the overall darkness of the composition will be reaffirmed. The figure is still at the underpainting stage, it will eventually have more colour and depth.
I think the curve in the background looks better in the drawing a few posts ago. I will have a think about this.

A long and winding road...

I am going to be trying a few new things with this one. I hope that this goes some way to explain the fact that it looks a bit disjointed at this stage. Will crack on today and update tonight.

Check out the Patsy McArthur blog for another horrendous photograph of yours truly. There is also a strange blend of kind and cruel words aimed at Mr Lisle.

I'm really happy

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

And finally

Finally got round to finishing this charcoal drawing this evening. It has been lurking in my hallway for six months and I had almost written it off.

Oh..here's a link to a new gallery in Edinburgh that I have given a few small paintings to.
The Union Gallery

Reet that was a long day...after a long weekend. I'm off to bed. I am tired, thanks for asking.

Monday, 15 June 2009

New work for Monday

Started this little gem today. I think it will be splendid. I might try a few new things with this one.

The Royal visit

I have had a very pleasant weekend; a perfect balance of work and play.

En route from Berlin to New york, the marvelous Patsy McArthur deigned to spend a few days at Lisle Towers. I have always been a big fan of her work and it was insightful to gain a fresh perspective on the role of the mid-career figurative artist. It was, however, slightly painful to be personally deconstructed by her overactive brain.

The notion of a collaborative effort was briefly discussed and I am keen to pursue this. Partnerships between painters are not common and I think something interesting could come of it.

Visit her website in my Talent links!

I am very sure that she will curse me for this photo.

I tied up all the loose ends at the studio on Sunday and plan to start a new masterpiece this afternoon. I may post again this evening.

I'm Chirpy thanks for asking.

Sunday, 14 June 2009


This painting has taken me far longer than is reasonably necessary. I am pleased with the way it has turned out. It is a bit looser in terms of brush work and I have learned a few things whilst painting it. Job's a good un!


Might use the wing thing as a texture on this. More later...
This is really just a study but I am enjoying the freedom of trying out subtle variations of my usual techniques. I hope I have the sense to stop before I ruin it. I have used this pose a few times before and feel that there is something exciting there. I just have to figure out what it is.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Army of ink

An old friend of mine did this portrait of me. It is brush and ink on paper. Pretty well done wouldn't you say. He's a tattoo artist now because he says he got bored with painting. ?????? As you can imagine his tattoo work has this level of accuracy too. Kelvin Slack

Tuesday, 2 June 2009


I'm not sure if I should put images in the squares. I'm going to darken them until they are barely visible.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Sally's Ma

This was a toughie. I do not like to paint from other peoples photographs but in this instance I had no other option. This is my pal Sally's Ma who died some time ago. Quite a large painting for the composition but I feel it worked well. Her dad was pretty pleased.


This was a biggie that came after my first show at the Medici Gallery. Lovely chap! The model is the beautiful Clare Morton.

Commission 1

Did this a few years ago for a brilliant couple in Aberdeen. It was a present for his wife. She actually sent me a thankyou card. That's the reward folks.


I should probably mention that I am available for commission. Although the work featured always has a home to go to, this does not mean that I am not willing to listen to reasonable requests. As scary as it seems to me, I have been doing this for well over a decade now and I derive a great deal of satisfaction from commissions. I will post up a few examples of the work I have done to specification.

Art and Dylfunkel

Testing, Testing 1-2-and three

I keep revisiting this image. I have painted this particular image twice before. There must be a reason.

I have not gone mad, Although it does look a bitty bizarre. It's a work in progress. I am trying out new techniques...it's a test piece. Lots more work to be done. I think the background will be a lot darker. The blue thing might have to go.

I'm fully charged. Thanks for asking!

Nearly 3000 hits to me blog!!!!!! Awesome

Nae mensa ken?

Did a bit more to this fella yesterday. The contrast needs a fair bit of work and I still need to think about whether I will leave the background empty or nae. I think this piece lacks something as it is. Work brain, god damn it!

It needs something in the upper left I reckon. What do you reckon?

Fair enough

I will leave it at this
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