Archive for October, 2011

Go slow

Friday, October 28th, 2011

I’m heading for a second blood test at 09.00 today.

I am on very light duties at present so if I am slow to reply to your email and with other tasks please be patient with this patient, thank you. (more…)

HMS Pickle, a Leading Seaman wrote to me today.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

He has in Royal Navy speak been tasked to conduct a presentation on HMS Pickle as part of a command leadership programme to be given to senior officers.  72_dpi_dispatches_with_texts__1_.png

My connection with HMS Pickle goes back a long way and includes a lengthy commission for HMS Victory which resulted in some great pictures (several available as heritage prints from page
http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html (more…)

Oncoming storm

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Vente d’autume – Apart from worrying about world issues we have a rising gale here today. Scudding clouds and a threatening copper colour on the horizon.  Vente_d__Autume_IMG_2137_d.JPG

In sailors language that means winds force 6 to 7 gusting 8 or 30 to 40 kph, or in landlubbers parlez large branches on trees swaying, leaves flying as is anything light weight if you have a garden, plastic chairs for examples. (more…)

Ben Ainslie at the Sydney Olympic Games

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

For the London 2012 Olympic Committee yesterday I was working with the Relations Publique de Gallaicsois  and was working on the presentation.Ben_Ainslie__Sydney_Olympics_IMG_0768_d.JPG (more…)

Wayfarer talk, painting and roller furling

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
A very charming reply to Studio News 15 arrived from Ralph  Roberts including a tentative enquiry for a painting of his Wayfarer.
Good paintings of small sail boats are rare and the famous Wayfarer is a noble subject so I replied “a watercolour would not cost much although I admit I’d love to paint a big oil of Wayfarers cruising or racing“. (more…)

Studio news 15,

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Special offer prints, until the end of October, Trafalgar, ancestors, Titanic and more here. trafalgar_french_print_d.jpg
15% off any print order from existing customers received before the end of this month or for more than one copy.
You can order your copy paying bank to bank or using Paypal on our payment page http://www.frickers.co.uk/blog/making-a-payment/ (more…)

Thought for the day

Friday, October 7th, 2011

On the eve of the most solemn day of the year of the ‘people of the book‘ to whom, may you be inscribed for a good year and wishing you well over the fast, a quote first published in Literary World in America, “Books, gentlemen, are a species of men, and introduced to them you can circulate in the ‘very best society’ that this world can furnish, without the intolerable affliction of “dressing” to go into it” – Herman Melville.

Swan Nautor Prize

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

An interesting enquiry arrived this week as a result of my visit to the Monaco Yacht Show and activities more than 10 years previously with Yachting World and the prestigious Nautor Swan European Regattas.

You may know the Swan class are some times described as the Mercedes Benz of production yachts and at Monaco they unveiled their biggest yacht to date, a glorious 90 foot sloop. (more…)

Pyrenees sunset

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

The Pyrenees or at least some of them at sunset or if you prefer, at dusk, what shall we call this painting?

This original idea came with a commission from a couple who live a few kilometers from my French studio, why?  Pyrenees_painting___GF_IMG_1864_d.JPG (more…)