Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Busy Busy Busy Busy

I have had a pretty good morning so far. My talented disciple/student Alistair Walton was at El Studio Diablo picking my brains about his challenging new painting and his forthcoming debut at Pittenweem Arts Festival in August LINK. He is amazingly organised and the work looks fantastic. Please try to get up there to check out this unique event. Artistic luminaries such as Helen Denerley and Kate Downie are the star attractions but there will be a wealth of artistic nourishment to be taken. ACE!

Here's a recent painting from Alistair Walton that will be on show at Pittenweem Arts Festival. I love this.

The studio is getting a bit warm again. As I said last year it becomes a furnace in the summer and I often resort to painting in my underpants. Sexy! That is not the only hot thing about The Devils Studio at the moment. I am building momentum and I would go as far as to say I am on fire! Here's what's occuring.

I have tightened up my technique on this piece. Using as much of the over-washed drawing as possible, I have applied Paynes grey to the cusp of the chiaroscuro and then painted into the highlight areas with burnt umber and titanium white. This is the second stage of underpainting. I will subsequently reinforce the highlights using burnt umber and white and then apply a velatura of french vermillion and yellow ochre. I will then work into this with opaques. I have left the areas of reflected light unpainted until I have applied the velatura. These areas will be painted opaquely in muted and cool tones.

Tonally, the sheet that the model is resting on is correct. I am reluctant to paint it red at the moment as this may confuse my eye and my judgement of the tonality and inherent warmth of the piece (this is the reason for the warm burnt umber underpainting). The warm underpainting adds a unity to the work where it shows though in the less opaque areas. I would even go as far as giving a finished painting an Indian yellow glaze to unify the colours. I feel that separating the the volume and overall tonality of the figure from any decisions of colour at the beginning is important in this style and method of painting. A limited palette is also very useful in unifying a painting.

 I will post the next stages once I have finished this stage.

Be mindful

Monday, 27 June 2011

A good start to the week.

Today I have realised that happiness trickles down. If you are happy it transmits itself to others. Being a useful, mindful and energised person will create a field around you that will draw people to you and feed their own energies.

Fair enough, it's not that easy today as it is pishing down, over cast and I have a headache. Still, happy enough in what I am doing.

I gutted and moved the studio around today. Chucked out a load of clutter and a few bits of cumbersome furniture. The place feels lighter and I feel ready to start the work for my upcoming shows. Yeehaa!

Here's a pic of the big red painting in it's lovely new home. There is a large mirror opposite in which the proud owner can see the piece when he wakes up. Quality

 And finally here's a pic of Leda in the newly reorganised studio. 


Sunday, 26 June 2011


Worked hard. Came home. Ate chilli. Fancy an early night. Nice.

First stage of underpainting. Done.

 Leda sulking because I told her off. Done.

Monday! Bring it on!


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Weird Day

Here's what has been happening this afternoon. I first sealed the pencil drawing to the canvas using a thin wash of burnt umber artist quality acrylic and then worked into it with heavier dilutions of the same pigment. I have taken care to make use of the under-drawing. I have worked into the darker areas and details with acrylic because of the quick drying nature of the medium. At the end of the day I again sealed the canvas with a thin layer of liquin and turps ready for more underpainting tomorrow. It's a bit long winded but I think it is worth it.

Here is a better photo of the recently finished painting

Peace and love

Friday, 24 June 2011

Quick on the draw

I have been doing lots of drawing over the past two days. It's a great way to get back into the swing of things. It's been a while since I did any tonal drawing and I am really enjoying it. Here's what's occurring.

I finished the drawing-out of this painting today and will begin the tonal underpainting tomorrow. 

 I started this 70x70cm drawing today. Will finish it off tomorrow andd give it a raw umber wash ready for painting. 

Cooking on gas

Thursday, 23 June 2011

In your face Thursday!

Today has seen the Lisle get back in the groove good and proper! I can feel my old Art obsessive self returning and I have actually begun smiling again. Whoop Whoop!

Finished this but will post a decent photo when it has been varnished. There are matt and contrasting gloss areas at the moment so it looks a bit ropey here.

I also started this which is 60x80cm.

Cannae wait to get back in tomorrow

Lots of love

Another Strange slideshow appears on youtube

There is another one


Flattering if not weird


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Better Mood today

I'm in a slightly less gloomsome mood today. Stayed at studio until 9pm and didn't really notice. I have achieved a great deal and hope that will tire my feverishly overactive brain enough to get some sleep.

Leda has an eye infection. I took her to the vet and he put day-glow green dye in her eyes to check for something or other. Anyway, on the way home she was getting funny looks as she had glowing green eyes and green snot dribbling from her nose. She looked pretty spooky. Didn't last all the way hame, more's the pity. Here's a picture of her in the hills above Aboyne, Aberdeenshire not so long ago. We were very happy.

Here's a poor photo of the progress since yesterday. I think I may get this more or less finished tomorrow.

Somebody send me some money I'm starving

Lots of love

When life hands you lemons...squeeze 'em in your eyes

My absence from the blog is due to a series of unbelievably unfortunate occurrences...  compound misfortune anyone? The past month has consumed every ounce of time, energy and emotion I possessed. Things have calmed down a bit and I'm back at the studio working on my energy levels and very slowly recovering momentum. I think that it's only when life falls apart that you can see what it comprises of and, when putting it back together, what is important.

Here is what I have been working on since returning to the studio. It's a tricky one.

I'm hungry. Thanks for asking.

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