Friday, 27 September 2013

Frampton on Severn

Frampton on Severn. The gale raged here with great violence. Houses were partially unroofed, chimney stacks blown down, and some of the finest trees in the locality torn up by the roots. At the bell inn, the chimney stack fell through the roof of the bedroom occupied by the housekeeper and the servant maid.

(Gloucester Journal 23rd Feb 1861)

"I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than occupy the most splendid post, which human power can give."

(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, 23 September 2013


"The national characteristics...the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism. This is the invisible constant in a place with which the ordinary tourist can get in touch just by sitting quietly over a glass of wine in a Paris bistro."

(Lawrence Durrell)

"All Art is but dirtying the paper delicately."

(John Ruskin)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Look back at your struggle for freedom
Trace our present days struggle to its source;
And you'll find that mans pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.


"No preparation, even executed with the greatest care, holds to me any value if it does not demonstrate a new fact or the resolution of a debated issue."

(Georg Ludwig Rumpelt 1779)

Saturday, 14 September 2013


"The Divisions of perspective are three, as used in drawing; of these the first includes the diminution in size of opaque objects; the second treats of the diminution and loss of outline in such opaque objects; the third of the diminution and loss of colour at long distances."

(Leonardo da Vinci)

"Drawing is like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make."

(David Hockney)

Thursday, 12 September 2013


"Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half."

(Charles de Montesquieu)

"An artist has no other home in Europe except in Paris."

(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Brecon Beacons

"An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do."

(Dylan Thomas)

"Do you know where Wales is? Most people in the world have no idea. It is a peninsula standing at the heart of the British Isles, on the western flank of England facing Ireland."

(Jan Morris)