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
"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."
" 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."
Sunday, 15 November 2015
"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."
"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."
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of lifes longing for itself....
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams."
"All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpets is one of them."
Monday, 2 November 2015
"For the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."
"I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them."
(James Russell Lowell)
Monday, 26 October 2015
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
"When Victor Hugo was buried, you couldn't find a whore in Paris, they were too busy paying their respects. That was a man-and he still has a show in the west end."
"At five o,clock Paris always has a current of eroticism in the air."
Friday, 2 October 2015
"He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing more tragic. Nothing is more sublime."
"The old Paris is no more (the form of a city changes faster, alas! than a mortals heart)."
Thursday, 3 September 2015
"Love Children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us."
" Children are living beings-more living than grown up people who have built shells around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love."
Thursday, 13 August 2015
"Rest is not idleness, to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summers day, listening to the murmer of water, or watching clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
"To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its features."
Friday, 31 July 2015
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Friday, 3 July 2015
"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but those whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will persue their principles into death."
(Leonardo da Vinci)
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
(Leonardo da Vinci)
Friday, 26 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
"After I'd drawn the grasses, I started seeing. Whereas if you'd just photographed them, you wouldn't be looking as intently as you do when you are drawing, so it wouldn't affect you so much."
(Martin Gayford/David Hockney)
" Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn't, of what one doesn't know."