Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Major and expensive computer problems

Leda Dog thrashed my Macbook pro. More expensive to fix than it's worth. Large amounts of hate directed at pooch. Touch and go as to whether I could retreive images for commissions. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Then it snowed so badly that I couldn't get to the place who were trying to fix it to pick up the hard drive. What a calamity.

Here's a photo of just about complete commission. Not the best photo but it will have to do until I am back in the land of the technologically unchallenged.

Thursday, 21 October 2010


Just to paint is great fun. The colours are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing. (Winston Churchill)


Monday, 18 October 2010

Making babies


And just to prove that the world has gone truly mad....This is what I found in the supermarket.  What is happening to us?????????

Saturday, 16 October 2010


Goya's Dog

The pooch had fun too.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Still more to work out

Once the position of the Patella's are sorted, I am ready to paint.
The little blob on the knee cap ( patella) on the right needs to be in full shadow as it looks a little odd when it joins the shadow of the black fabric. She is a very slender model and, as such, needs a little more anatomical scrutiny. I will probably gloss over this for the sake of brevity. The focus is definitaly on the sterno- cleido mastoid and clavicle.

Ha Ha Ha I'm winging it

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Getting somewhere.

Here's what has been happening to the first commission. Still a bit to go on this stage but it's heading in the right direction. Not sure what's happening in the circle yet. Will have a chat with the client.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

twenty five thousand hits


This is bonkers

Prize winner at the Sheffield convention. Get in there son.

 have known this guy for about 17 years. He is without a doubt the best technical portrait artist on or off skin. He's like a human photocopier. He might not even be human. Check him here LINK

The amazing student AL

Here is an evolving underpainting by my amazing student Mr Walton.  These first stages are incredibly important and his diligence is evident. I am really looking forward to seeing this further on. ACE
My dear friend and artist/gallerist has a new website. Here's my hint for christmas pressies. Absolutely love this



 Joyce Cairns was our tutor at art school and is a crazy talented artist. Check this out. LINK

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Not much to post

I really don't have much to show you. There are four commissions on the go and I can only show you a wee bit of what I am up to. Hopefully I can talk my clients into allowing you to appreciate their vision. We shall see.

Dogface Leda ran away from me today; right into the middle of the road and started to have a leisurely wee, oblivious to her imminent demise under the wheels of passing vehicles. I think she took objection to someone's hat.
I was shaking for about an hour. Little bugger.  Not cool.

All is well...I hope
The Lisle

Amazing illustration

Found this online. I was blown away!!! Imagination is an amazing thing!
The artist is David Revoy and the title is "Yin and Yang of World Hunger"
see this LINK  for some heartbreaking statistics and a chance to acknowledge your privileged circumstances.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Airplane Jive in the groove

The Guardian gave away a dvd of the 1980 comedy classic AIRPLANE this weekend. I had completely forgotten the Pythonesque genius of this spoof B-movie. One scene that held particular mirth for Mrs Diablo and I was that of the two Jive speaking characters.
Check out this Jive dictionary and use it with aplomb...

commission central

Here is a photo of one of the commissions that I have just started. The client is also a trained artist specialising in photography. please check out Shetland based Chloe Garrick's amazing work here LINK and visit her blog here LINK.
I will post more of this as it progresses.

This is one of my favourite photographs by Miss Garrick

Right then chaps and chapesses, I'm off to walk the dog. Leda's not very well today (she's having some rather alternative excretions). I'm all about the sharing folks!
Bye for now

Friday, 1 October 2010


There should be quite a bit of my work at this event. follow the LINK

It's on from Sat 1st to 3rd

go peruse

Friday, 17 September 2010

Carl Payne

I received a very complimentary and unsolicited email from a genius of contemporary british sculpture a few weeks ago. I had completely forgotten to make you all aware of the fact that there are still some traditional practitioners worth looking at. It is truly inspiring to see that the ART schools have not completely robbed us of technically proficient sculptural artists. Thanks Carl.
Please have a look at this link and let me know what you think....LINK

Monday, 13 September 2010

new developments - terrible photos...sorry

I think this is finished although I might tweak the pattern behind the figure.

I have had a Spanish student from Valencia working with me for the past month. It has been nice to have a bit of company. Santiago is off to warmer places now and will be missed by both the dog and myself. 
Here is one of his angrier paintings.

Friday, 27 August 2010

New Stuff

Here is a work in progress. I am just about happy with the underpainting and will post an image of the finished painting next week.

With a bit of help from the resident signwriter at Coburg House Studios, this was finished last week.

This is Leda my new Dobermann posing/getting in the way. She is very interested in eating masking tape and chewing my rucksack.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Last chance

Someone should pop down to the UnionGallery and give this a home

Saturday, 24 July 2010

UnionGallery UNION

The Audjo-Dawkins (UnionGallery) Wedding Very, very nearly had me in tears.
Not quite... but I'm sure Rob shed a tear by the end of the night.

Their Friends and family orientated Humanist wedding was an inspiration. Having said that, most of their lifestyle and business choices are an inspiration to me.

Alison looked more beautiful than the mind can fathom and Rob looked a truly DAPPER and yet suspicious Scot in his Kilt.

I think I have just done my weepage now

This pleases me very much


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Ten years old

Busy Busy bee.

I had meant to take some time off after the show but after five days I found myself with little else to do but go back to the studio.  I have been working on the pieces in my previous post and am enjoying a new burst of creativity. I'm glad I have got the RED thing out of my system. Probably a good thing seeing as there are a few imitators out there.

Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero! 

There are still eleven days left until the end of the UnionGallery exhibition. Anyone who is a fan of either Patsy McArthur's work or my own should make the effort to see this one off pairing.

Anyhoo! Here's the pictures...

The model is The Outstanding Clare Murphy!
I have completed the second flesh layer of underpainting. I will then paint over this with velatura and opaque colours to bring it to life.  I have also blocked in the rough tonal values of the blue fabric. The yellow looking lines will be painted grey eventually.
I am very excited to be collaborating with an old school sign writer on this one. The plan is to have antique gold (not shiny cheesy gold) lettering in a roman font behind the figure. "ET IN ARCADIA EGO" is a possible choice for the text.... But I would be interested in any suggestions.

Here is the latest offering from my AMAZINGLY TALENTED student Alistair Walton. I will follow this post up with his naked burlesque-esque goal keeper/falling woman. I forgot to photograph it when he was last at El Studio Diablo. It is something to behold! WEIRD! HAHAAH. He hates it when I use that word. Trust me...It is brilliant. Very, very, very pleased with the things he brings to the studio. He has a facility for technical painting that sometimes frightens me. ACE!
I must add that his IMAGINATION is something that will eventually put him in higher regard than my contemporaries.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Went here

I spent a wonderful evening with friends here. I'm starting to get countryside with dog feelings

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Today was a bloody long day

More underpainting 60x80cm

Painted sky and put in some blue for relative values. I also had a wee meeting with an oldschool signwriter about gold leaf lettering to finish this painting. Very excited!!!!!

Sunday, 11 July 2010



First stage of Underpainting Process

Here are a few things that I have started this week. 

These photographs show the stages where tonal values and compositional elements are firmly established. I have used Raw Umber for these three although I usually prefer Burnt Umber as it gives the painting an inherent warmth. 

Line drawing 80x60cm

Blocking in tones with diluted washes 60x80cm

Washes worked up to an accurate tonal study. 50x50cm

Image ready for opaque underpainting stage. I will repaint the whole image using this wash underpainting as a guide for a more solid rendering. Much of the shadow areas will be used in the final painting.

Friday, 2 July 2010

A few photographs from the Exibition preview

I love this photo! A harsh Critic.

Exhibition Opening

The Patsy McArthur and Dylan Lisle showdown opening went really well.  Alison and Rob from the gallery have made a great job of presenting and publicising the exhibition.

Despite the intense heat generated in the gallery by the tropical colour of Patsy's frock, the packed gallery was spilling out onto the street until well after the preview was due to finish. An AMAZING turnout!

Here are some of my paintings. I suggest that you check out Patsy's blog or the UnionGallery website to see the other half of the exhibition.


Morta - SOLD

Gemini - SOLD

History - SOLD

Dark was the Night

Knowledge - SOLD

Nepenthe - SOLD


Before the Show - SOLD

Minerva - SOLD

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