Archive for the ‘diary’ Category

Fit for a princess

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Looking for the best in marine art?

You have found it here.”Clansman at Barra” as shown here with Captain John Simkins, the then M D of CalMac Ferries, installed in the ship’s main saloon, has just been updated on my website. 


Capt J A B Simkins on Clansman

Photo courtesy of Captain Simkins. Princess Anne spent 15 minutes at the Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd naming ceremony of “Clansman” talking to the artist and suggested that he should be encouraged to paint more Hebridean scenes.
A result was 2 further commissions from Calmac. 


Clansman Royal Invitation

The story of this painting,  you can find and ‘read allar’dit’ in The Calmac Collection. 


Yes minister?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Informed observers of Brexit are say the P.M.’s new plan is more Baldrick than Blackadder

One journo claims “The frog-boiling is going well”.

England as seen from France…

You couldn’t make it up outside an episode of «Yes minister » and yet…

The P.M. might just as well have looked around the committee members and said, “So that’s agreed: two plus two equals four?”

You know it’s a very odd government when significant cabinet ministers accept reality.


What ship

Monday, May 21st, 2018

A Titanic problem… Why would I want to know what ship is this? Where is she? I have a new painting in mind…

What is that ‘thing’ in the water off her stb side?

Questions, riddles, questions…

Union- Castle Line

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A little bit of news in particular for those who ‘like’d’ my watercolour of the Union- Castle Line, liner ‘Llangibby Castle’, the painting has sold.

Castle Line

 Llangibby Castle

I thank you all for your interests and support which is very encouraging especially for one whose circumstances at least for now, force to live alone, and very especially those who payed me the ultimate compliment, “I’ll buy it”, a compliment that helps enable me to keep painting.

Llangibby Castle detail


Painting for a Princess

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Can you keep a secret?

I can.

Maiden Home” 76 x 101 cm (30″ x 40″), was painted in secret, the design exactly as Tracy Edwards requested, is a follow up to my famous “Ice Maiden”.

Tracy Edwards, Maiden Home

Maiden Home

I’ve only recently been allowed to share this joyeuse work “Maiden Home” with you. (more…)

1st Round the world

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Now hear this ! :

Hear Robin talk about his epic voyage. 

Robin Knox-Johnston speaks

Roaring Forties

A great man, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, I’m honoured to have painted for him (3 times) and be a counted as a friend. 
“When you see a 70 or 80 foot wave stretching from horizon to horizon coming at you from astern…”? 
You can see and read about one of our combined efforts, “Roaring Forties” ~ painting commissioned, designed over a lunch with Robin.
Note the figure in the rigging,  read his quote at

I still have a very few prints, museum quality for the look and feel of the real thing, co signed by Sir Robin standard size £147, Large £227.

Acquire one paying  bank to bank or using PayPal via my Purchase Page. 

To make a purchase the easiest way is bank to bank, ask for details, or using PayPal via the Purchase Page.

By arrangement, purchases can be in instalments.

Contact US ~ T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435  or Skype ‘gordonfrickers’

 whatsapp, or phone M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26

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Best value, buy from a dedicated artist- buy from a reputable, established artist direct from his studio. 

Speculative Art

Friday, May 11th, 2018

While not exactly in urgent need of more commissions, more would be welcome.

However, while commissions naturally take priority, once in a while I too speculate in art by painting on speculation, something special, usual.

To that end, following a suggestion a friend made a while back I have just written the following to Alex Thomson Racing: ( (more…)

Llangibby Castle

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Union- Castle Liner, ‘Llangibby Castle‘, a ship from the classic age of steamers.
While answering an enquiry about ‘Kampla‘ I realised I still have this fine a rare little watercolour measuring 20 x 90 cm (8” x 12”), and it’s available for a modest £500.

Castle Line

Llangibby Castle

Maybe you recognise the background?

You can discover more on my web site page…/shipping-fo…/llangibby-castle-2/ 

A timeless painting will give you pleasure every time you see it upon your wall’.

Llangibby Castle detail

A painting that hangs comfortably with the finest marine collections.

You can contact me ~ T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435 or Skype ‘gordonfrickers’

whatsapp, or phone M: + 33 (0)6 10 66 19 26

E ~ Important ! please substitute ‘@’ for at:

Kampala departing Bombay

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Following an enquiry from Canada about this B I ship ‘Kampla’, from a gentleman writing his family history, I thought I’d share the picture with you for a while.

Kampala at Bombay (Mumbia)

A commission so long since ‘sailed’ from my studio, you can find her on the web site and in my British India Collection…/the-british-india-collection/.

Maria Asumpta

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The attached may amuse you, a painting I made (and sold) many years ago.
I came across it today while being a busy bee filing photographs. 

It prompted me to update the web page 
I also found some photos of the brig and other Charlestown scenes from the days when I lived nearby, behind Par Beach so I’ll show you those too.

Maria Asumpta enter Plymouth Sound” shows how ‘The Breakwater’, western end lighthouse, should, does, look.

Maria Asumpta entering Plymouth

I knew Maria Asumpta, built 1858, and her people well, climbed those masts many a time including a few wild nights.
One night in particular I’ll never forget, force 9 off Dungeness going aloft to reef tops’ls… Wow, what a view we had !     
She was the last example of a 19 th century merchant brig that still looked, felt and smelt like one.
Sailing on her was quite an experience… 

The White Brig

The Charlestown Harbour painting is one of two I made, I don’t have a decent photo of either.

This one was sold to dear friends, family too, Ruth and Harry Fenton who lived in London. 
I’ve no idea where it is now.
The other was shown to me recently, my ex first wife is very pleased to have it. 
Her parents bought it so it eventually passed to her.

Appropriately, these days she lives guess where ?

All I have left is the b/w sketch

sketch for October Evening, Charlestown

and prints available of the other Charlestown painting, the beautiful “October Evening” (£147 inc postage)

Port of Charlestown, Cornwall

October Evening Port of Charlestown, Cornwall

Penny James has sent me some superb photos of Charlestown.
She generously says I can share them with you so I’ll do that soon.