Archive for January, 2017

The Trafalgar Collection updated

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
The Trafalgar Collection; Official Artist to HMS Victory, all pages updated including prices, discover, enjoy.
HMS Victory, Trafalgar, ranging shots begin to reach her

HMS Victory, Trafalgar, ranging shots begin to reach her

This Trafalgar Collection is at least for the moment regarded as the ‘crème de la crème’, the most valuable of my paintings.
Those paintings as yet unsold are priced as per the Rochay Elite “Trafalgar Soirée” (at The Army & Navy Club, St James, Pall Mall, London, October).
 
When official artist to HMS Victory, Gordon Frickers had access to leading experts and rarely see documents in Britain, France and Spain. The collections included British, French and Spanish ships of the Georgian and Napoleonic period, original documents, journals, letters and mementos. 

The Trafalgar Messenger completed 24.08.16

The Trafalgar Messenger completed 24.08.16

 
Lest we forget, we stand upon the shoulders of giants: “It is upon the Navy under the Providence of God that the safety, honour and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend” – from the Articles of War (1652) read weekly to all Royal Navy ships crews for 300 years.
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Frosty dawn, again

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Another frosty dawn over my garden.A Frosty Dawn 2 IMG_9396
Wind forecast to shift to the south on Wednesday.
Meanwhile despite beautiful sunny days temperatures have rarely climbed above zero for a week and been down to – 5 C at night.IMG_9392
Meaning thermal pajamas + dovet+ 3 woolen blankets + hot drink with a dash of navy rum…
Warm for Canada (Edwin Morton), cold for France.

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Mucked up but not out

Monday, January 16th, 2017
Website www.frickers.co.uk/art back on line, I’m back on the bridge, welcome aboard; no thanks due to inefficient planetdoman-au.
The marine (painting) adventures continue with several surprises over the horizon and coming our way soon so keep a weather eye on the blog. Wishing you a good week, Gordon

Home again

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

From a frosty Thehillac, temperature – 1, a few thoughts to share of my last day in the beautiful Tarn, vente-de-autan-cdm-04-12-16-img_9226where it was – 2.5 C with fog, visibility 3 to 400 m (350 yards ish for our American friends) so I was pleased to have the expo packed in my car ahead of schedule. img_5493
Much of the drive back which took about 7 hours was through fog.
Alas… French drivers don’t understand ‘fog’…
Most drive either at a funereal pace or far to fast.
Happily my beloved Dad trained me well so there were no ‘exciting’ moments for me and my Opel Zafira which performed well.

During the morning before I left, 2 friends, Fiona Ferbrache and Yves Burrus had asked to view the exhibition with me.

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

 

80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

Espace Culturale, 80 place Hautpool, Gaillac

I took a modest lunch in Gaillac and purely by chance found myself sitting next to my friends the Count and Countess de Noblet. Charles had just returned from managing affairs at Playa, Catalonia, Spain. He said it was 18 C and sunny there…
No prizes for guessing why he has properties in that part of Spain!

Fiona is the only person who has seen the Gaillac expo and “The Trafalgar Soiree”.
She has kindly offered to write of her impressions for us.
Yves owns the magnificent Chateau de Saurs, renowned for it’s fine wines and beautiful gardens (http://artfrickers.com/gaillac/chateau-de-saurs-gaillac/).
A cultured man is Yves, very interested in drawing and painting.
He has built a beautiful gallery which exposes painters and sculptors so there was some talk of a summer show for my ‘South West Collection’ which would feature the Gaillac paintings and others such as the Forest of Sivens series and those of the world renowned city of Carcassonne (http://artfrickers.com/project-picturesque-wine-villages…/…/)