An article surprised me

August 15th, 2017
Pickle in a Pickle; again. 
An article surprised me. https://openbridgeshull.com/2017/08/12/hms-pickle/ 

If ever a vessel was well named… You like riddles and mysteries? 

The Trafalgar Messenger

The Trafalgar Messenger

Just to be clear from the beginning I am a staunch supporter of Mal and Mal Nicholson’s HMS Pickle.
I’m quite knowledgeable about the famous HMS Pickle that Nelson described as ubiquitous.
 
I found this article via Facebook as “News just arrived today!”, posted in Mal’s name.
https://openbridgeshull.com/2017/08/12/hms-pickle/
When I have time I follow HMS Pickle, L’Hermione and a few others on Facebook.

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Volvo Ocean Race news

August 14th, 2017

As the current Volvo Ocean Race nears its climax I am reminded it’s been a while since I last had anything to do with the magnificent yachts that race in the Volvo Ocean Race.
“Maiden” was one, the yacht captained by the redoubtable Tracy Edwards, a lady still doing remarkable things (Maiden Rescue) who owns the original painting.

Maiden Rescue poster

Maiden Rescue poster

“Yamaha” was another.
I painted two of “Yamaha”, still have one.

Yamaha

Yamaha

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Stormy studio seas

August 11th, 2017
Today, waiting on Peter Goodwin’s comments on the Racehorse painting progress.

Racehorse 10.08.17

Racehorse 10.08.17

Racehorse as shown was in the North Sea, 17 Sept 1777.
She shipped a number of big waves prior to the moment of my painting, which will show men struggling to retighten the bow sprit (jib sprit was an old term) gammoning. 

Chupra 10.08.17

Chupra 10.08.17

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Corum Saphir further reading

August 9th, 2017

Corresponding with a dynamic young lady who specialises in ‘watch’ company sponsorship and exhibition organisation reminded me to update my two Corum pages; dunit, visit, enjoy.

Corum Saphir

Corum Saphir

The two pages for this 50 x 76 cms (20″ x 30″) painting, oils on canvas, original painted on speculation, purchased by the French national team sponsor, Corum, have been updated and can be found via “Corum Saphir, winner,  Admiral’s Cup, and Fastnet race

Admiral's Cup, West Cowes Marina, River Medina

Admiral’s Cup, West Cowes Marina, River Medina

Gordon Frickers, the only artist member of British Marine

Gordon Frickers, the only artist member of British Marine

Racehorse reversed

August 8th, 2017
HMS Racehorse‘, a big change made to the composition. 

Racehorse 07.08.17

Racehorse 07.08.17

This was decided for several reasons including, to show her starboard side meant the saild would mask most of her decks thus hiding what would be interesting accurate details and by showing her port side we are looking fromn the East by North East to the South West so the lighting and colours offer me more possibilities.
Today I’ll refine ‘Racehorse‘ and begin to sort out her masts, spars and sails, all info from the log book and the combined sea & ship building experience of Peter Goodwin and I.

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The Ocean of Chupra.

August 6th, 2017
A cool start here at Théhillac leading to a beautiful warm sunny day ideal for painting ‘Théhillac Style’, outside on the patio.
Chupra’s under painting has begun, as usual it should not be thought of as in any way ‘finished’. 

Chupra 06.08.17

Chupra 06.08.17

I’ll let the under painting go to touch dry then start the final drawing of the ship.

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Le Conquet

August 4th, 2017

Recharging my batteries,  a few photos for your pleasure of ‘working’ Le Conquet… the most westerly port on mainland France.

Le Conquet

Le Conquet

‘Work’ includes ferries to the rugged outer Islands of Molène & l’île d’Ouessant, an active fishing industry, excusion boats, diving school althought that is mostly for sport, and a very necessary life boat station.IMG_0907

Finistère is at times one of the wildest parts of the North Atlantic Ocean so has claimed a very long list of sunken ships.IMG_0927

One of the nice things about Brittany is it’s not swamped by tourists every summer except in a very very famous places like Mont Saint Michel.IMG_0943

Brest

August 2nd, 2017

I left a sunny warm Théhillac in some haste, to arrive safely at Brest.

Brest 02.08.17

Brest 02.08.17

Later we went and plucked plums in the rain, for jam making, then had a long walk around the port with it’s many shops and restaurants. 
I noticed the commercial part of the port is reviving.

Brest, home of the dashing ‘Goélette’ La Recouverance of Brest, a replica ‘privateer’, ‘lettre de marque’ vessel, an armed schooner.

La Recoverance, schooner 02.08.17

La Recoverance, schooner 02.08.17

In other words a legalised pirate ! IMG_0677
My Brest friends told me, during the Napoleonic Wars you won all the battles but we made all the money !

Joel taught me many new French words, mostly sea faring terms.

Joel Linquette 02.08.17

Joel Linquette 02.08.17

It took less time than expected, 2.5 hrs.
Yet again Marie Therese produced a superb lunch, a lasagne with salmon with a magic sauce I don’t understand accompanied by fresh bread, fresh green salad and an interesting wine provided by Joel from the cote de Rhone.

This eveing’s light meal is accompanied by a rare Castel de Brames (Gaillac) red wine, made traditionaly from some of the most ancient grape stock in all France.

La Recouverance (V1943)

La Recouverance (V1943)

It’s blowing up

August 1st, 2017

‘Chupra’ as modified re my previous post on this subject.
Changes include ship reduced, direction of sea changed, sky adjusted, some tonal values started.

Chupra 01.08.17

Chupra 01.08.17

The ship is not yet well drawn, that starts with the next stage provided my client likes what he sees in the potential here.
When completed she will make a fine addition to the B I Collection on my web site, you can discover more on page 
http://www.frickers.co.uk/…/s…/the-british-india-collection/ 
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Giving birth while painting

August 1st, 2017
Birth of a new Painting a beginning, basic drawing near complete, first tonal values added, ‘Racehorse’, HMS, intended and produced in co operation as an illustration for the next book by the distinguished naval author Peter Goodwin.
This new painting measures 1 x .75 m (39″ x 29.5″), produced on speculation and because it’s a chance to work with Peter Goodwin.

Racehorse 01.08.17

Racehorse 01.08.17

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