Dhow’s that?

April 18th, 2017

Arab dhows, this lively painting, long since sold, of a ‘baghlah’ type dhow, text today much revised, was one of 4 commissioned via an agent for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, his yacht and for public buildings.

Dhow, baghlah

Dhow, baghlah

A few years later the image was licenced to Bloomsbury Books for a book cover in Arabic and in English, “The Corsair”.

Corsair Baglah book jacket

Corsair Baglah book jacket

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Port du Foleux

April 10th, 2017

A watch, underpants (to much information?) and shorts, yesterday afternoon. 25 + C (77 F) was all I needed while sailing barefoot on a day more like high summer than mid spring, sailing on the river Vilaine, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe.IMG_9812 Read the rest of this entry »

A preventer gammoning and Racehorse.

April 5th, 2017


For those of you who follow this page in part for insights into a creative process these sketches are a treat, they represent the early stirrings of what will become a major painting of HMS “Racehorse“. 

Racehorse sketches 31.03.17

Racehorse sketches 31.03.17

I’m very please to be preparing this Racehorse in part because it has a Trafalgar connection, more of that later, so will fit snugly in among my ‘Trafalgar Collection’ paintings. Read the rest of this entry »

Harwich and the Jolly Roger

April 1st, 2017
Jolly Roger, and the port of Harwich.

I was asked questions about pirates and why many submarines fly the Jolly Roger, skull and crossed bones… .

Moonlight Patrol detail 2

Moonlight Patrol detail 2

Many people correctly guess why however here is how that tradition got started…
Our ‘time machine’ takes us back to The Great War.

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Birthday wishes…

March 31st, 2017

Today would have been my Mum’s birthday, God take her soul.
In part to commemorate that this evening, in part to try and shake off what is for me bad news blues about Britexit; it’s already casing me serious problems, I took a drive south to La Baule and Le Pornigeun. IMG_9787
The sort of evening out my mother would have loved, I hoped she was there with me in spirit, to walk on the beach at dusk, to explore the old Breton port of Le Pornigeun.
Dusk, a fresh force 3 from the SW and the tide beginning to ebb so exposing firm wet sand; I was entirely alone, mine the first foot prints on the sand.IMG_9791 Read the rest of this entry »

Popular Pickle

March 29th, 2017

I’m delighted to learn a German author and his publisher would like to use my painting (for a modest licencing fee) “I have urgent Dispatches” for a front cover of their new book about naval signals. 

I Have Urgent Dispatches

I Have Urgent Dispatches

It will be nice to add German to my list.

I already have book covers published in English, Russian

Frozen Fury

Frozen Fury

and Arabic.

'The Corsair' Baglah dhow painting used as a book cover

‘The Corsair’ Baglah dhow painting used as a book cover

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Gaillac, a fresh approach

March 22nd, 2017

Gaillac, an introduction, a major re edit of this page including completed paintings added, http://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/gaillac/
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,  www.artfrickers.com, 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.