Tuesday, 12 March 2019


"To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, our inner spark of vision does the rest."

(Maria Montessori)

"For me drawing is a question of death and life. Every day I draw, I write, I do something."

(Marjane Satrapi)

Friday, 8 February 2019


"Trees do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life."

(Herman Hess)

"Until you dig a hole, plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking."

(Wangari Maathai)

Monday, 28 January 2019

The River Wey

"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."

(John Singer Sargent)

"If you can draw well, tracing won't hurt; if you can't draw well, tracing won't help."

(Bradley Schmehl)

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


"Be generous with your smile and try not to frown.
And you will see my children; your smile will never let you down."

(Benny Bellamacina)

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."

(Louisa May Alcott)

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Merry Christmas

Thank you all for checking out the Fine line and the studio blog and for all your kind comments. I hope you have a great Christmas and that 2019 brings all the good things that you wish for.

Friday, 21 December 2018


"There's a land - oh, it beckons and beckons,
and I want to go back - and I will."

(Robert W Service)

"Let us build a tomorrow, build a nation strong and free; and the lord who dwells above us, he will bless our destiny."

(P J Peters)

Monday, 10 December 2018


"It is remarkable how very individual technique becomes in watercolour. Every man of personality finally arrives at a method peculiarly his own, as unique as his own fingerprint."

(Walter J Phillips)

"I'll stick to painting as long as I can."

(Tom Thomson)

Friday, 9 November 2018


"In my opinion nothing will ever open up this country for painting better than some forest fires on a vast scale."

(Edward Bawden)

"The sun rises on Newfoundland, sets on British Columbia, island to island. Chilly Atlantic mornings and warm Pacific sunsets. An arc that tracks a path from the dawn of an empire to its twilight."

(Will Ferguson)