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Port du Foleux

Monday, 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 (more…)

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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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…/…/)

Wine tasting & young ‘bloods’

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

My last Tarn evening was enjoyed at domaine Peyres Roses by invitation, among the leaders of the next generation of Gaillac wine makers, for a wine tasting with merry company and which turned out to include a bountiful dinner.

Sunset and vines, Peyres Roses 26.11.16

Sunset and vines, Peyres Roses 26.11.16

For my last night in the Tarn during this sortie, I was invited to wine tasting, to join the ‘young bloods’.

Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

Meaning, people who’s parents have dedicated their lives to restoring the natural qualities to wines of Gaillac (pronounced Guy’ack).

Wine Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

Wine Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

This next generation is tasked with continuing that fine work and more, a heavier responsibility, beginning to restore to the reputation of the Gaillac  wines to their former very special place, a reputation lost because of the catastrophe of the grape phylloxera during the 19 th century, a disease effecting vines, for which there is still no know cure. 

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

I was made very welcome, it was easy to ‘fit in’ and I learnt quite a lot about wine while strengthening new friendships.

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

I was most touched to be treated as something of an honoured guest, even embraced by my principal host before I eventually unmoored.

I find it impossible not to miss the Tarn, the very many people who have shown me such appreciation and friendship.

Wine tasting at Peyres Roses-05.12.16

Wine tasting at Peyres Roses-05.12.16

Will I return?
Yes, there is more work to be done. with Gaillac Wine’s Growth Potential..

Why Gaillac?

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Vines, Chateaux, Gaillac, Reception

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
The evening of the Gaillac (pronounced Guy’Ack) Reception was a beautiful, in their different way, these new original landscape paintings, for sheer presence, rival The Trafalgar Collection shown recently at the Army & Navy Club, St James,  exclusively to invited guests.

A slight advantage here at Gaillac, the exhibition is open to all until the 30 th December.

Gaillac Reception 02.12.2016

Gaillac Reception 02.12.2016

 

Monsieur Alain Soriano, a much respected author and historian, often adviser to the departments cultural and patrimone,  a  gave a considered, appropriate appreciation, astute comments about the original paintings and generously said they show the highest level of commitment.

He added, “a great artist, the Tarn is lucky to have him here“.

Speeches, Gaillac Reception 02.12.2016

Speeches, Gaillac Reception 02.12.2016

To my surprise M. Soriano mentioned my marine painting several times, I was not aware he had noticed them, he made it very clear,  informing our audience that while none were on show, marine painting is what I was best known for while predicting these new paintings will also become well known adding to the wider perception of Gaillac and Midi Pyrenees.
Of the new landscapes, each in turn was mentioned.
I did notice though, he referred more often to “Sunset Chateau Terride“, and most often to “Chateau de Saurs“.
Certainly, of “Chateau de Saurs” he asked me the most questions.

 

You can discover more about the new Gaillac collection and other landscapes from South West France, on the ‘sister’ web site http://artfrickers.com/, enjoy

Meantime, it seems your friend Gordon is now a celebrity in and of Gaillac… 

At Castelnau de Montmiral

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

You may like to know I have arrived in the Tarn at Castelnau de Montmiral near Gaillac and Albi and run straight into a crisis.

Castelnau de Montmiral

Castelnau de Montmiral

The most important of the frames I’d ordered have not been delivered by DHL, only 2 of the 3 packages…
I’m supposed to be framing today and hanging tomorrow. (more…)

Nous vous invitons au vernissage

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Mes amis, attention, share SVP, merci, Note d’intentione’
Vin, au Château, Gaillac“.

Gaillac, Abbaye, Pont 18.11.16

Gaillac, Abbaye, Pont 18.11.16

Nous vous invitons au vernissage le Vendredi 2 Décembre, à 18h au
RSVP

Ou?

L’exposition sera ouverte du 2 au 30 Décembre 2016.
Place d’Hautpoul�, 81600 Gaillac, Département Pôle “Culture & Attractivité”, Mairie de Gaillac,�80, Département du Tarn, Occitanie.�
Tél.: 05 63 81 20 19 E : culture.attractivite@nullville-gaillac.fr

Chateau de Saurs 22.11.16

Chateau de Saurs 22.11.16

Une exposition unique, pour votre famille, vos amis et vous-même.

Chateau Lastours

Chateau Lastours

Une présentation de cette région séduisante trop peu connue, par ses châteaux, ses vins surprenants, ses paysages changeants et une histoire très marquée de plus de 2 300 ans, au travers des yeux et des peintures de Gordon Frickers.

Domaine de la Tronque

Domaine de la Tronque

Pour en savoir plus sur cette région relativement méconnue, tapez « Gaillac », « le Tarn » et « Midi-Pyrénées » sur Google. Ou contactez l’Office de Tourisme de Gaillac +33 (0) 805 400 828
info@nulltourisme-vignoble-bastides.com

Gordon Frickers, T: + 44 (0)1865 52 2435 or +33 (0) 6 10 66 19 26
E: gordon@nullfrickers.co.uk

Domaine du Barry

Domaine du Barry

An invitation, an introduction

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

“Vin, au Château, Gaillac”, the often surprising landscape art of Gordon Frickers.

 Gaillac, Abbaye, Pont 18.11.16


Gaillac, Abbaye, Pont 18.11.16

Preview, (au vernissage) 18h lFriday 2/12/2016.

Opening 2 Décembre, Friday, 2016 à 18h00 (RSVP) Closes 30 December.
Open for the public  public : 8h – 12h & 14h – 17h30

Where? (more…)

Terride progress

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Chateau Terride that is, nearing completion…?

Chateau Terride progress 16.11.16

Chateau Terride progress 16.11.16

Well it was built a very long time ago…

Today chateau Terride produces very fine wines, well worth a visit and sampling.

In the Commune of Puycelsi (formerly Puycelci) the spectacular village is 13th century ‘bastide’.

A hill top village fortified by the count of Toulouse Raymond VII, to keep out the northern barbarians ( meaning the English and French) long before Toulouse was part of France.

Recently Midi Pyrenees, was by popular vote renamed, reverted to it’s ancient name,  L’Occitane with the province of the Tarn at it’s heart, deep in southern France.

It is rated one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France so when you visit Terride don’t miss exploring Pycelsi.

I recommend taking a meal at La Roc Cafe, at sunset one of the most ‘romantique’ of restaurants in France. Do give the proprietor Fred, my best wishes.
Discover more about the ‘Gaillac Collection’ on page http://artfrickers.com/gaillac/

Painting

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Yesterday Chateau Los Tours, tomorrow chateau de Saurs, poetic isn’t it!  img_8787I’m painting on location, considering further extending my stay around Gaillac in Le Tarn, heart of l’Occitaine, SW France.

Weather here is better than up North and I have 5 more paintings to complete for this project.
The series, ‘Vin, au Chateau, Gaillac‘ for exhibition first in Gaillac, 1 st December to 30 th.
Come and enjoy this beautiful, historic and little known region of France, voted to have the best quality of life in France.
Discover http://artfrickers.com/gaillac/
and exhibition opportunities for you too.img_8769