Brexit explained

February 21st, 2019


Posted by Cynical Brexit Memes on Friday, 11 May 2018

I’d like to congratulate Theresa May and he Bluetory Brexiteers on the remarkable, historic way they are handling Brexit. 

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February 20th, 2019

This got my attention, “Do you have any more prints of the painting: “Rhoda Mary” and “Katie Cluett” A Dispute Settled?

Ans : yes. By the way, the Rhoda Mary of Falmouth won, narrowly beating the Katie Cluett of nearby Fowey.

This gentleman, Eric Evans,  wrote a classic comment, “I am familiar to buying art over the internet and find that I am always impressed with finally seeing it in person. I’m already blown away the your art just seeing it on my monitor. Your use of light and water is stunning“.

This from a man who is very smart with computers including for the U S government. 

He added, “I have been collecting Florida nature paintings by the Highwaymen (and similar style) and I believe your painting would be a beautiful addition to our home“.

For a new painting, I probably still have my original notes made with Frank TRebilcock for the painting so that would save us some research costs.

My prices are shown on my web site. 

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Picture Varnish

February 16th, 2019

A couple of questions that arrive from time to time, can my painting be restored to original condition, can I do this myself?

Most recently this surfaced as part of an enquiry for a new version of the painting shown here, “A Dispute Settled“, the ‘Rhoda Mary‘ and ‘Katie Cluett‘ on the one occasion these hard worked schooners found an opportunity to race each other.

This is a trick one because I’ve not seen the paintings or offending dust. 

“Gathering dust”, a patina of age…

Some general comments that might help.My ‘qualification’ is dubious, I have cleaned and restored paintings from time to time.

I know enough to advise, this needs to be done with gentle care.If the paintings are oils it is a task you could try, if water colour or acrylic I’d advise ‘best left to a professional’.

For oil paint, damp cotton wool with a little soapy water, gently rubbed should release much of the grime. 

Most of it is likely to be atmospheric pollution of various sorts although I’ve encountered beer and wine splashes, soot from open and gas fires as well as other ‘domestic patina’. 

If the paintings are textured the task is more tricky. 

Very gently application of a brush, an old soft tooth brush for example aided by the damp cotton wool, may help. 
I advise, to gain experience, start with the least important picture and in an area well off centre.

Once you have a ‘feel’ for the task, with a bit of luck, you’ll be able to clean them quite quickly.

Usually the crud is not very firmly baked on.
The risk is damaging or dissolving the original paint hence using nothing more than warm water with a small quantity of soap.

However, if all goes well, it’s not a long task. Often the grime comes off easily revealing the original colours. 

If possible avoid using any other solvent, this despite some well meaning advice on the Internet.

The stronger the solvent, the longer it’s on the painting, the greater the risk of dissolving some of the original paint.
If you are lucky the oil paintings will have been varnished; that will make your task easier.

Artist’s paint manufactures recommend all oil paintings should be varnished after 3 to 6 months.  
Varnish is often used to protect and preserve oil paintings from the elements.  

However, there may be occasions when you feel you can remove the varnish on your own and the best product to use is Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine.   

A further problem to be aware of is, a copal varnish may have been used on older paintings or by an inexperienced person. 

This ‘traditional’ varnish is a natural product which yellows with age. 

Fortunately it is fairly easy to remove.

Worst case scenario is some ‘enthusiast’ has applied domestic or worse still, yacht varnish. Leave that for a professional or just leave it.

Modern picture varnishes are acrylic so offer much improved protection.
The Winsor and Newton web site offers some good advice on picture restoration.

This company has been making artists products since at least 1820, Winsor and Newton still lead the field with innovations, they are in my experience, the best of the best.

Your new painting will be produced, if you commission me, with the very finest materials available.    
J M W Turner used  Winsor and Newton products, I do too.
If You think I can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to ask.

Dispute Settled

February 13th, 2019

For fun and interest I’ll share part of an unusual enquiry with you. Today for a beautiful picture, a very original composition, I received “Do you have any more prints of the painting” : “Rhoda Mary” and “Katie Cluett” A Dispute Settled?” & “Particularly, the large size”?

A Dispute Settled

The original was commissioned by a descendant of the builders, passed to his son and shows every sign of eventually passing to the eldest grandson. Falmouth Maritime Museum wanted it.Much as I love #Falmouth [I lived there for 5 years], no chance; they will have to commission another version !
I have here at present 1 standard size unframed and one large framed.
The large farmed is a bit special. It is print No 1.I’ve kept it for exhibitions.These days I very rarely exhibit. The last time this print was shown was by invitation at the European Parliament in May 2011 so if you’d like this one, it’s yours at no extra cost, price as per my web site ‘Marine Art Prints’ page [] You may like to collect or for a very reasonable fee we can have our specialist deliver to most UK addresses. For overseas we’d have to get a quote for a framed delivery.
By way of minimising stock, we can call off small batches of new prints so if you’s like a large unframed this can be arranged although it will take a few weeks.
Unframed, available at the web site prices include packing, post, insurance and tracking.

See sea change?

February 10th, 2019

See the sea change?
Here with Titanic, Plymouth Harbour, progress as of 03.02.2019 you can see the sea is changing, most of the under painting is now in place.

Titanic, Plymouth Harbour, progress as of 03.02.2019

With this painting I am recreating as accurately as possible showed one of the ports of arrival on the Titanic’s schedule.
The original by the famous Norman Wilkinson was sited in pride of place in the Titanic’s First Class Smoking Room.

The Wilkinson painting was highly symbolic, emotional, the splendour of Imperial Britain, – his pride is Titanic …

Titanic’s ‘Plymouth Harbour‘ measures exactly as the original and is presented on the identical type of canvas, 79.5 x 172 cm (31 3/5″ x 68″), oils, by Gordon Frickers.
Price or priceless, I’m open to offers, contact me by phone or email.

T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26


or discover more at…/marine-…/ports/titanic-plymouth/

on sale, one of the best sea views in Britain

February 9th, 2019

The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club is selling one of the best sea views in all Britain.

Sunday racing, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club
Royal barge

Built in 1688 as part of the Royal Citadel and with its own access to the water, the property has been used as a club house since 1896.
Michael Easton, director at commercial property agent JLL, said that the RPCYclub house’s ‘truly outstanding position’ would attract considerable interest.
And he said the reason behind the sale was to secure the long-term future of the club.
Members are said to be looking for alternative premises, or will be happy to continue in some capacity in the existing building if the marketing programme allows.
The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club has a long history going back into the 19 th century, of organising some of the first dinghy and yacht racing in and around Plymouth.
The RPCYC is thought to be one of the last remaining privately owned freehold sites on the water’s edge in Plymouth Sound.
Dinghy park and ballroom
The freehold title includes a waterfront dinghy park, changing facilities and the sailing office. The club is used as a function and wedding venue and has revenues of around £400k per year. It has a ballroom, bar and separate restaurant together with a number of additional function rooms and outside terrace.
The property is available by informal tender with bids invited by no later than midday on March 15 2019. The club will continue to trade during the process.

T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 or  Skype (gordonfrickers)

Email (note, I’ve used ‘at’ please substitute @ ~ This is to discourage spammers):

whatsapp, or phone M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26

Drake 400
Drake 400 RPCYC


February 6th, 2019

Page and ‘Further Reading’ page completely revised and updated, visit, Mauretania, Cunard Liner, a good read, enjoy.

Original long since sold, still in print, [original sold] a very few copies left, signed, limited edition. 

Mauretania, maiden departure.

£157 inc P&P via our Print Gallery page, payment can be made via Paypal or bank to bank via page the Purchase Page 
Mauretania a popular ship distinguished herself as fastest liner on the oceans.



February 3rd, 2019

Following a question raise via Facebook, I responded as follows; if you’ve seen old B/W photos of ships painted in flash art schemes and the ship puzzles you, well that was exactly what was intended. 

Dazzle camouflage

Olympic, one of the sister ships of Titanic

Also there is a connection with the #Titanic
You may be interested to know, the ‘Dazzle’ camouflage which was applied in colours, so even more confusing, was developed and designed by the marine artist Norman Wilkinson.

He is the same artist who painted the “Plymouth Harbour” sited in pride of place over the fireplace in the First Class Smoking Room of the ‘Titanic’.  

Olympic, Smoking room

Olympic; Titanic‘s 1st Class Smoking room would have been nearly identical

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January 29th, 2019

This is not democracy as we British understand the word.
Today it looks as if during our unconventional referendum the Brexiteers told numerous lies, many quite deliberate, even to the extent that some police prosecutions are in progress. 

E U Parliament, [author’s photo, May 2011]

Pro Brexit leaders denied the now blatantly evident monumental damage being done to the British economy and yet can’t today show one single solid tangible benefit from Brexit, all is opinion and conjecture, ‘smoke and mirrors’, dazzle camouflage …. 

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400 miles of finish

January 25th, 2019

The Gallant veteran French sailor veteran French sailor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is now within 400 miles of the Golden Globe Race finish line. This despite suffering a capsize and serious mast damage during a southern ocean storm and numerous other difficulties.

He is expected to receive a huge welcome home in Les Sables d’Olonne on Monday 28th January.

The race replicates the historic original single handed non stop circumnavigation won 50 years ago by a 26 year old Robin Knox- Johnston.

Roaring Forties, the print

Robin had his achievement commemorated by the painting he named “Roaring Forties” which is available as a signed, numbered print on canvas for the look and feel of the original, from my web site from £157.00 inc P&P.

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