The Real Masterpiece

I found that thing became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. You abandon your masterpiece and sinking into the real masterpiece.
Leonard Cohen

Photograph taken in the woods, Morley, Leeds, February 2014.


Let The Great World Spin

Let the great world spin for ever down
The ringing grooves of change.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Photograph taken ’round our way’, December 2016.

The End Of The World

The day the world ends, no one will be there, just as no one was there when it began. This is a scandal . Such a scandal for the human race that is indeed collectively, out of spite, hastening the end of the world by all means just so it can enjoy the show.
Jean Baudrillard

Photograph taken ’round our way’, September 2015.

Kathy Smith – The End Of The World


A New Chaos

At times you have to create – or allow, or perhaps collaborate with – disorder to get to the place where the ‘real’ work begins. At times you must create order, no matter how artificial, to prepare the way for a new chaos.
John Burnside, Havergey

Photograph taken on Cabot Hill, Bristol, April 2017.


Where We Have Been

I wanted to go into yesterday. And I don’t think that’s always bad. Sometimes you simply have to walk through a door in your mind and lose thirty or forty years in order to remember who you are. Maybe it’s a self-deception, a mental opiate I use to escape my problems, but I don’t care. We are the sum total of what we have done and where we have been, and I sincerely believe that in many ways the world in which I grew up was better than the one in which we live today.
James Lee Burke, Black Cherry Blues

Photograph taken in Churwell Park, Leeds. Regular readers may recognise as this as the scene I depicted in my 2017 painting ‘The Next Life.’


Never Give Up

We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
George Eliot, The Mill On The Floss

Photograph taken in Retford, February 2018.


When It Is Too Late

Nowadays most people die of a creeping sort of common sense, and discover when it is too late the only¬† things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Photograph taken in Retford, February 2018.

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