Thursday, 4 February 2016


"And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky."

(John Betjeman)

"I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?"

(Charlotte Bronte)

Sunday, 31 January 2016


"For one person who likes Spain there are a dozen who prefer books on her."

(Earnest Hemingway)

"I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain."

(George Orwell)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


"Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."

(W B Yeates)

"But from the start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says "I am", and forms the core of personality."

(Diana Gabaldon)

Saturday, 16 January 2016


"The simplest toy, one which even a young child can operate, is called a grandparent."

(Sam Levenson)

"A grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her, she will always love them more than anyone would understand."

(Karen Gibbs)

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Great Fosters

"A painter should be able to make a good picture of any subject, but it is done, not by literal statement of formations, but by work which shows his application of the nature of the scene-its dignity, or repose, the desolation of it, or its association with human beings. Perhaps its individuality must be insisted upon; or lost in a larger idea that is suggested by a mood of nature, the heat of the day, the softness of the spring air, or the gales of autumn.

(Rex Vicat Cole)

"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives."

( Gertrude Jekyll)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a good Christmas and New Year and thankyou for visiting the Fine Line Blog over the past year.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Barnes and Friday Street

"I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right."

(Alan Lee)

" It taught me that there are three versions of things: the one I see in my mind, and the one that carries onto the paper, and then what it ultimately becomes."

(Lauren DeStefano)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Syon House

"My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing, it's about making the best image iI can make, it's about talking as clearly as I can."

(Jim Dine)

"Drawing is a form of probing, and the first generic impulse to draw derives from the human need to search, to plot points, to place things and to place oneself."

(John Berger)