Friday, 13 October 2017

Chiswick House

"All gardening is landscape painting."

(William Kent)







"There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air."

(Rudolfo Anaya)



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Brecon Beacons

"I Like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

(Noel Coward)










" I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit."

(Henry David Thoreau)



Saturday, 23 September 2017

Florence

"Every Parent is an artist, but not every artist is apparent."

(Eric Micha'el Leventhal)



"Lets raise children who won't have to recover from their childhood."

(Pam Leo)

Friday, 22 September 2017

Amsterdam

"Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center."

(John Green)









Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist."

(Julie Birchill)

Monday, 28 August 2017

Zaanse Schans

"Windmills, which are used in the great plains of Holland and North Germany to supply the want of falling water, afford another instance of the action of velocity. The sails are driven by air in motion-by wind."

(Hermann von Helmholtz)

















"I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmill."

(William Shakespeare)


Saturday, 12 August 2017

SW4 SE24 and SE21

"Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic."

(Keith Haring)











"Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist."

(Georges Seurat)



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Dungeness

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

(Alphonso Dunn)










"It is easier to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own."

(Herbert Samuel)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Holland Park W8 and Hyde Park W2

"It has been said that 'God made the country and Man made the town,' but that is not true: the town is simply disguised countryside."

(Gillian Tindall, The Fields Beneath)
















"I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper."

(James Robertson, The testament of Gideon Mack)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Seven Sisters and Beachy Head

"The downs shaped my whole outlook and way of painting because the colour of the landscape was so lovely and the design so beautifully obvious!"

(Eric Ravilious)










You came and looked and saw the view
Long known and loved by me
Green Sussex fading into blue
With just a touch of sea

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Grenfell Tower

"When we shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."

(William Shakespear. Romeo and Juliet)




"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun ?
And when the earth shall claim your limbs then shall you truly dance."

(Kahlil Gibran)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wilmington

I will go out against the sun
Where the rolled scarp retires,
And the Long Man of Wilmington
Looks naked toward the shires;

(Rudyard Kipling. Sussex)







"Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them."

(John James Audubon)

Monday, 5 June 2017

St Pancras Old Cemetery NW1

"Thus, with beer-drinking, pipe-smoking, song-roaring, and infinite caricaturing of woe, the disorderly procession went its way, recruiting at every step, and all the shops shutting before it. Its destination was the old church of St Pancras, far off in the fields."

(Charles Dickens. A tale of two Cities)







At last-it maybe, Death took spite
Or jesting only meant to fright
He sought for Jack night after night
The churchyards round;
And soon they met. The man and spate
In Pancras ground.

(Thomas Hood. Jack Hall)

Friday, 19 May 2017

Earls Court SW5 and Brompton Cemetery SW10

"I have always enjoyed cemeteries. Altars for the living as well as resting places for the dead, they are entryways, I think, to any town or city, the best places to become acquainted with the tastes of the inhabitants, both living and gone."

(Edwidge Danticat)













"The beauty of the twentieth century is the charm of the hospital, the grace of the cemetery, of consumption and emaciation. I admit that I have submitted to it all; worse, I have loved with all my heart."

(Jean Lorrain)