Chupra, drawing 7

June 23rd, 2017

Chupra 7”, my client did ask for a dramatic picture!

Chupra (7) drawing

Chupra (7) drawing

We don’t have to run with that one though.

My original thought was a new variant of “Trun” including a heavy sea and less threatening sky.

Chupra (7) drawing detail 22.07.17

Chupra (7) drawing detail 22.07.17

 That said, like my famous, memorable “Roaring Forties”, “Chupra 7” shows something most people find hard to believe but we know happens.

In this case a merchant cargo liner encountering 30.48 m (100 foot) waves off the cape of Good Hope were two powerful currents collide, one cold from the Antarctic the other warm from the Indian ocean.

Chupra (7) drawing detail 2, 22.07.17

Chupra (7) drawing detail 2, 22.07.17

Relevant videos can be found on Utube, one on Russian convoys, the heavy weather scenes is appropriate,  others include, spectacular French films, our French colleagues are rather good at this sort of thing.
Re watching the videos give me ideas for another variant of “Chupra drawing 7” …
If looking for ideas and inspiration, there are many more that landsmen find unbelievable.

The evidence is incontrovertible. 

Chupra (7) drawing detail 3, 22.07.17

Chupra (7) drawing detail 3, 22.07.17

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June 22nd, 2017

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Rajula at Madras

Rajula at Madras

B I Sunday, Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa

B I Sunday, Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa

Dragon warning !

June 19th, 2017

For St George & England !
St George’s Church, Great Bromley, Essex, needs new roof, please help raise funds: contact Chairman Fred H. Nicholls, or me (Gordon Frickers). St Georges Church (hirez) 19.07.17 IMG_0452
This graphite drawing measures approximately 36 x 25 cms (14” x 10”).
I’m happy to donate the original sketch to the church fund to be used as their people think suitable,

Quayside essay,

June 17th, 2017

Roche-Bernard yesterday evening.

Odd thing, creativity, I find sometimes a quiet table & a pint of beer helps me focus on concept sketches.IMG_0366  IMG_0367 IMG_0368  IMG_0369  IMG_0371  IMG_0372IMG_0375

This evening #Harwich Mayflower Project was upper most in my mind.
I’ll have an announcement to make about HMP very soon…

Homeward bound

June 14th, 2017

Arrival at St Malo, a port that demands care when entering by sea, numerous off shore rocks, reefs and strong currents will doom the unwary.

Saint Malo

Saint Malo

This charming picturesque old port is well worth a visit, Saint Malo claims to have been home to the best corsairs, pirates, of France.
The town was utterly destroyed during World War Two bombing.

Saint Malo

Saint Malo

The citizens used old photographs to rebuild the old town ‘as was’, brilliant indomitable work !

For me, a tired traveller, a drive home, then back to work; which paintings next, Chupra, Racehorse, Saint Emilion, other ?
Vive La France.

And so to France…

June 13th, 2017

Leaving Portsmouth and a troubled England courtesy of MV ‘Bretage’ of Brittany Ferries.

M V Bretagne

M V Bretagne

For me it was a good tour with all main objectives accomplished, my sincere thanks to friends and colleagues who made this brief home coming possible.IMG_0334  IMG_0336  IMG_0341   Read the rest of this entry »

shipmates, Racehorse and Captain Jack Sparrow…?

June 12th, 2017

Yes, of shipmates, Racehorse and Captain Jack Sparrow…

Peter Goodwin, Captain Jack Sparrow and Gordon Frickers...

Peter Goodwin, Captain Jack Sparrow and Gordon Frickers…

I am back home after 3 very active days.

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Plymouth almost ‘done’

June 9th, 2017
At least for the moment, Plymouth almost ‘done’.
Shopping today, then drawing, then packing.

Emsworth then Portsmouth tomorrow… home of HMS Victory, the D Day Museum, the RN Museum, the Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior and the flagship of King Henry the VIII, ‘Mary Rose’ to name but a few of the more salubrious delights of the port sailors call ‘Pompey’. 

Portsmouth, Dockyard 400

Portsmouth, Dockyard 400

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BBC old news?

June 8th, 2017

‘English defeat largely forgotten’, recently recovered in a BBC article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-40175458#) reminds me of tourism and teaching youths, disciplines & thinking of #Harwich Mayflower Project looking for sponsors.

A painter’s contribution to society, I painted Zeven Provinciën‘.

Zeven Provinciën

Zeven Provinciën

Permit me please to explain?

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Trailer tragedy and a grand day out.

June 1st, 2017

I drove to Feock near Truro, Cornwall, to Vine Cottage.IMG_0180
I delivered a malfunctioning trailer supplied by the Welsh Harp Boat Center, London, built by Sovereign.
The trailer has numerous defects all caused by shoddy workmanship.
Now it’s on its way to Lizard Trailers at Helston, Cornwall. Read the rest of this entry »