A collection of my favourite quotes.

 The man who said it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Quote from Ray Kroc’s autobiography.
( The man who took MacDonald’s from a hamburger joint to the massive empire it is today.
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely and the likely definite - Robert hale
Failure is success if we learn by it. - Malcolm Forbes
Art is not to express personality, but to overcome it - T. S. Elliot
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it - Chinese proverb
Those who can’t laugh at themselves, leave the job to others.
We must just KBO (‘Keep Buggering On’).

Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British statesman and writer. Remark, Dec 1941. Finest Hour (M. Gilbert) 
By Graham Clarke
Lautrec- shortarse of the arts
Earned his living painting tarts
Two foot nothing in his socks
He did it standing on a box
His girlfriend though, a decent sort
Called him Toulouse but not too short.
Degas with his subtle palette
Did young ladies doing ballet
He also painted home and hearth
And women sitting in the bath
But if he felt a bit more cocky
Perhaps a race horse or a jockey
Picasso painted ladies fair
And often painted ladies bare
But just to show he didn’t care
Put one eye here and one eye there
Bonnard appeared to have the trick
Of doing pictures rather quick
I’ve a theory, just a hunch
He did them waiting for his lunch
Never attempting scenes majestic,
Preferring what we call domestic
The outside world he found depressing
So did Mrs Bonnard dressing.
Roalt painted in a rush
With a number 16 brush
Gloomy portraits, any size
Usually with those staring eyes
Seurat did it all with spots
And lots and lots of blinking dots
Spotty bathers by the Seine
Just the job for painting rain.
Gaugin’s work to be specific
At it’s best was quite specific
Lovely sets for South Pacific.
Giacometti spagetti, forgetti
Dali really makes one feel
Inclined to go surreal
Is there anything more soppy
Than clock and watches all gone floppy
He counted all his surreal cash
While twiddling his real moustache.
Mondrian the straight line fellow
Primarily used red and yellow
Then for something really new
Perhaps he’d do a square in blue
Did no one tell him when at school
Rulers was against the rule
Modigliani we like much
For he has the common touch
While without being rather rude
He paints nice ladies in the nood.
What this squiggler Miro did
Could well be painted by a kid
Though never clever, smart or funny
They seem to fetch a lot of money
Van Gogh last but not the worst
( and some of us would put him first}
Painted landscapes flat and level
Working like the little devil
Night time cafes, old church towers
And of course that vase of flowers
Perhaps the sun and all the strain
Did something dreadful to his brain
Poor Vincent, such a lonely lad
It really makes me feel quite sad
When you think the Irises he did
Fetched more than thirty million quid.
Renoir painted plumpish girls
With chubby chops and lustrous curls
He could paints’em if the got’m
Also master of the bottom.
Pam Eres
  I have a little Satnav, 
It sits there in my car

A Satnav is a driver's friend
It tells you where you are

I have a little Satnav
I've had it all my life

It's better than the normal ones
My Satnav is my wife

It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive

"It's thirty miles an hour", it says
"You're doing thirty five"

It tells me when to stop and start and when to use the brake

And tells me that it's never ever
 safe to overtake

It tells me when a light turns red
And when it goes to green

It seems to know instinctively
Just when to intervene

It lists the vehicles just in front

and all those to the rear

and taking this into account

It specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver
 has so helpful a device

For when we leave and lock the car

It still gives its advice

It fills me up with counselling

Each journey's pretty fraught

So why don't I exchange it

And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,

makes sure I'm properly fed,

It washes all my shirts and things

and - keeps me warm in bed!
Despite all these advantages

And my tendency to scoff,

I do wish that once in a while

I could turn the damned thing off !!
Christpher Schink
Traditional, transparent watercolour is a phrase I’ve heard used fairly often by students in my workshops. They use it to describe the technique of applying watercolour pigments with the minimum amount of opacity. In traditional, transparent watercolour, opaque passages are avoided at all costs; the addition of opaque pigment is never allowed. In short, the thinner the paint, the better.
Applying watercolour only in transparent layers can produce beautiful passages of paint; however, the technique should not be described as traditional. Quite the opposite.
The tradition and widespread use of watercolour began in the 19th century, with the English romantic landscape painters who used the medium in a variety of ways, many of them opaque. Turner often used dense, opaque passages in his watercolours and frequently added opaque pigments or gouache on top. So did Sargent and Homer and Burchfield and Hopper. Light, transparent painting was not their exclusive goal. Some of Homer’s paintings were as “heavy as a hammer”.
The tradition of transparent watercolour is a recent one. Is it possible to have a recent tradition?-  I don’t think so. You can avoid using any opaque passages or pigments in your paintings, if you like, but you won’t be part of any watercolour tradition I know about.
You’re not meant to understand – they’re bloody works of art.

Sonia Lawson Royal Academy Hanging Committee. The Observer, 6 June 1993 

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

Tom Stoppard (1937–  ) Czech-born British dramatist. Artist Descending a Staircase 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours 
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the 2 cups of 
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in 
front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very 
large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. 

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the 
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between 
the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. 
They agreed it was. 
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. 
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the 
jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." 
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and 
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty 
space between the sand. The students laughed. 
Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 
"I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. 
The golf balls are the important things - your God, your family, your 
children, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your 
life would still be full. 
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, 
and your car. 
The sand is everything else - the small stuff. 
If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room 
for the pebbles or the golf balls. 
The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the 
small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important 
to you. 
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. 
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. 
Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be 
time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 
Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. 
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." 
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee 
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that 
no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple 
of cups of coffee with a friend." 
Please share this with someone you care about. 
There are 10 types of people in the world 
Spike Milligan
I have for instance among my purchases...several original Mona Lisas and all painted (according to the Signature) by the great artist Kodak.

A Dustbin of Milligan, ‘Letters to Harry Secombe’
my name is Byron Aladice
I walk about the town
Sometime with my trousers up
sometimes with them down
And when  they are up, they are up
and when they are down they are down
and when they are only half way up
I got arrested!
You’re not meant to understand – they’re bloody works of art.
Sonia Lawson Royal Academy Hanging Committee. The Observer, 6 June 1993 

He who works with his hands is a labourer

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman

He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist

St Francis of Assisi