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.


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