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)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lincoln's in Fields WC2

"What an amazing thing is the coming of spring to London. The very pavements seem ready to crack and lift under the denied earth; in the air is a consciousness of life which tells you that if the traffic stopped for a fortnight grass would grow."

(H V Morton)







"I feel this evening that I am too hopelessly and happily corrupted by the richness of London life to ever be right for Dorset, or Vice-versa."

(Michael Palin)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Greenwich Park SE10

"The London trees are all prisoners of men like the lopped crowd of Greenwich park...."

(Charlotte Mew)











"I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting...it would be like somebody watching you have sex, painting is that personal to me."

(Andrew Wyeth)