Gaillac, a fresh approach

March 22nd, 2017

Gaillac, an introduction, a major re edit of this page including completed paintings added,
This collection is a project never before undertaken, as of this evening it includes several of my paintings, never before seen on the Internet, completed.

Domaine de la Tronque, 23.09.16

Domaine de la Tronque, 23.09.16

You can discover more on the sister web site that specializes in landscapes,, explore, enjoy.

Mysterious Pickle

March 20th, 2017

An interesting question arrived from Dave Bean wearing his hat as a part time guide for the famous replica of HMS Pickle. You may recall I’ve painted ‘Nelson’s’ Pickle in 3 settings having extensively researched her? Two are available as signed numbered prints.

I Have Urgent Dispatches

“I Have Urgent Dispatches”


Dave asked:
1. Was the first HMS Pickle a hired armed cutter, hired complete with crew?
2. Have you ever yourself come across the use of hired armed vessels?

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Mayflower & Mayflower Harwich Project.

March 16th, 2017

On my Facebook page a friend, Chris Fagg, posted pictures of Mayflower II refitting.

This lead to questions being asked.
…Hmm, wonder how this stays upright ?… (!)
Wondering the same. Insane stern castle.

Following the thread of two good questions from keen eyed ship mates, one from Chris Fagg, the other from Nick Kats, you are right lads, stability is a problem.
Same for the ‘Golden Hinde’ replica. Golden Hinde detail 21.03.11 IMG_0498 d

Both ships, from the waterline down are modern interpretations of the Elizabethan Race Galleon design.
The stern castle, so odd looking to our modern eyes offers some relatively comfortable and serviceable accommodation, it has a ‘down’ side too. Read the rest of this entry »

Fireside chat

February 25th, 2017

After 8 days that feel like 50, home, relax and to blessed sleep.Evening at home 25.02.17 IMG_9716

This after an activity packed voyage in England with many highlights, especially the visit to Harwich at the invitation of the Harwich Mayflower Project trustees, who could not have treated me and my two companions Katy & Peter Goodwin, with more honour and kindness, a voyage that left me so exhausted I accidentally micro-napped 3 times while driving south; fortunately I was protected by my Guardian Angel and his boss.
When home I was to tired to eat let alone cook.
That did not matter, still full of Marie Therese Linquette’s cookingBrest 24.02.17 IMG_9712 and after a very successful visit to England I was as happy as an un chivalrous shark that had just swallowed a cabin boy.

At Plymouth, Devonshire

February 23rd, 2017

Wild wet n windy Plymouth, always a pleasure.
“‘Tis not the gales but the set of your sails that determines the way you go”; ancient sea lore by the well know poet Anon.

River Plym 22.02.17

River Plym 22.02.17

Yesterday we had a fine soft rain and a SW force 5, the sent of the ocean was a delight for one’s senses, typical of Cornwall and Devon as spring approaches.
Today it’s brighter, wild n windy force 8 SW off the turbulent Atlantic.

River Plym 23.02.17

River Plym 23.02.17

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From Plymouth, into Cornwall

February 21st, 2017

From a grey Plymouth, I have mislaid my mobile phone recharger so no phone at present…
Just got ‘home’ as in ‘The Loft’ (my thanks to Linda Winter & Michael Baker) at Plymouth.Plymouth Hoe from Mt Batten IMG_7689_1 d

Been out all day working. Read the rest of this entry »

Southsea, Portsmouth

February 20th, 2017

At sunny Southsea, Portsmouth this morning with Peter Goodwin.IMG_8965

We have been discussing in among other things, in detail, The Mayflower.

We have some new ideas, and HMS Racehorse including her voyage to the Arctic Ocean…IMG_8963

Later today, via Paington onto Plymouth.

To the Port of Harwich

February 18th, 2017

To Harwich via St Malo and Portsmouth.

At Harwich to see the Mayflower Project and city Heritage trail.Harwich Mayflower Frickers 18.02.17 (5)

We, Katie & Peter Goodwin and I were royally treated, put into a beautiful hotel, given a very full agenda so now have much to discuss. Harwich Mayflower Frickers 18.02.17 IMG_9558
I’ll tell you more soon.

Valentine’s day

February 14th, 2017

How was your Valentine’s Day? A flower has been much in my thoughts today, well actually for quite a while now but more so today than before, a mayflower, or rather The Mayflower. Golden Hinde detail 21.03.11 IMG_0498 d

More of this soon, I am about to embark on another adventure… bien a toi, Gordon


February 13th, 2017

It is with much regret, I shall miss it in my home, I have packed this painting ready for shipment to England and eventually its new home. IMG_7832
It was an 18 month grand adventure; my profound thanks to the many friends who helped research and make this possible.
Part of my challenge included how to make this visually ‘interesting’ and an authentic historical document too. Read the rest of this entry »