Monday, 15 October 2018


"British Columbia, the genteel Siberia, that was neither genteel nor a Siberia, but undiscovered, perhaps that undiscoverable paradise."

(Malcolm Lowry)

"The artist reserves the right to remove a blot on the landscape, to change positions of things, to suit his composition, providing only that he does not transgress the laws of probability."

(Walter J Phillips)

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Romney Marsh

"An historical patina covers their buildings more deeply than any others, in England at least. Indeed I know of no place save for Paris, where memories seem to think on every stone."

(Ford Maddox Ford)

" I see no trend running through my work; I simply get on with my life and my painting."

(John Piper)

Monday, 13 August 2018

Romney Marsh

"The peace and prettiness of the whole land here...has been good to me, and I stay on with unabated relish..."

(Henry James)

"This level tract has by the bounty of the sea been by degrees added to the land, so that I may not without reason call it 'The Gift of the Seas."

(Camden. Brittanica Antiqua 1607)

Monday, 16 July 2018

Pen Y Fan

"What are men to rocks and mountains."

(Jane Austin)

"There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent vast elevations of great mountains."

(J Sheridan Le Fanu)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A few of my African Masks

"The masks were not simply sculptures like any other. Not at all. They were magical objects."

( Pablo Picasso)

" The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness."

(The Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad)

Friday, 4 May 2018


"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

(Albert Einstein)

"For the artist, drawing is discovery. And thats not a slick phrase; it is quiet literally true."

(John Berger)

Friday, 27 April 2018


"Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly."

(Frederic Chopin)

"I write of love and death, what other subjects are there.?

(Arthur Schnitzler)

Thursday, 12 April 2018


"In Berlin, things are serious but not hopeless. In Vienna they are hopeless but not serious."

(Karl Kraus)

"Emily Dickinson was wrong: hope is not the thing with feathers. The thing with feathers is my cousin. We're sending him to a specialist in Vienna."

(Woody Allen)

Thursday, 29 March 2018


"In Vienna it's impossible to be overlooked. You can only be ignored."

(Alexander Lowen)

"The loveliest girl in Vienna 
Was Alma, the smartest as well. 
Once you picked her up on your antenna, 
You'd never be free of her spell."

(Tom Lehrer)