Monday, 21 February 2011

Lydia and the Anemones

Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.

(Irwin Greenberg)

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college-that my job was to teach people to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said 'you mean they forgot?'

(Howard Ikemoto)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Norfolk Trees

In that country of luminous landscapes and wide horizons where the wind runs in the reeds and the slow rivers run to our cold sea, a man may still sense and live something of the older England which was uninhabited,free and natural;I am still reeling with the delight at the soaring majesty of Norfolk.

( John Betjaman )

As the poet said 'only God can make a tree' - probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.

( Woody Allen )

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Five ducks and a Heron

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.

( Douglas Adams )

Filet of Heron: Having killed some gray herons, pluck them, skin them, and from each bird take out the two nice fillets of meat which are found on the breast. The rest of the heron is only nerves and bone.
Either roasted or in a game ragout, the breast of gray heron yields nothing in delicacy or savor to that of the wild duck. This recipe from the Somme can also be used for the purple herons of the Camargue, which are still more delicate in taste.

( Toulouse-Lautrec and Maurice Joyant. The Art of Cuisine )

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Billy:  The fogs just lifting. Throw of your bowline; throw of your stern. You head out to South Channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I used to skate as a kid. Blow your air horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keepers kid on Thatcher Island. Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dump ducks. The sun hits ya-head North. Open up to 12-steamin now. The guys are busy; youre in charge. Ya know what? Youre a goddam Swordboat captain! Is there anything better in the world?

( The Perfect Storm. Sebastian Junger )

Chief Brody: You're gonna need a bigger boat!

( Jaws.Peter Benchley )