Tuesday, 15 April 2014


"Spring drew on...and a greeness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps."

(Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre)

"But now it was spring again, and spring was almost unbearable for sensitive hearts. It drove creation to its utmost limits, it wafted its spice-laden breath even into the nostrils of the innocent."

(Knut Hamson. Dreamers)

Sunday, 6 April 2014


"The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing (and) painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture underneath."

(Arbit Blatas)

"The mere use of ones eyes in Venice is happiness enough and generous observers find it hard to keep an account of their profits in this line."

(Henry James)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Ian Sidaway Studio Blog

I have started a new blog that will run alongside Fine Line. It documents on a monthly basis the Strawberry Hill studio and some of the work that is made there. It can be found at. www.iansidawaystudio.blogspot.co.uk 

Sunday, 23 March 2014


"It is held by some that this word VENETIA signifies VENII ETIAM, that is, come again and again for however oft you come, you will always see new things, and new beauties."

(Jacopo Sansovino)

Venice...."A splendour of miscellaneous spirits."

(John Ruskin)

Monday, 10 March 2014


"I never rebel so much against France as not to regard Paris with a friendly eye; she has had my heart since my childhood...I love her tenderly, even her warts and her spots."

(Michel de Montaigne)

"To me France always represented the Holy Land."

(Isak Dinesen. Letters from Africa.1914-1931)

Friday, 28 February 2014


"I am going to enjoy life in Paris I know. It is so human and there is something noble in the city...It is a real city, old and fine and life plays in it for everybody to see."

(Katherine Mansfield)

"To err is human. To loaf is Parisian."

(Victor Hugo)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


"I don't know what London's coming to-the higher the buildings the lower the morals."

(Noel Coward)

"Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew-
Wanted to know what the river knew.
Twenty bridges or twenty two.
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that the river told."

(Rudyard Kipling)

Sunday, 9 February 2014


"Go Where we may, rest where we will'
Eternal London haunts us still."

(Thomas Moore)

"Paris is a women but London is an independent man puffing on his pipe in a pub."

(Jack Kerouac. Lonesome Traveller)