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Where land meets sea

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Life begins where the land meets the sea.

DHL Starlight, commander, Suzi Goodall (GB)

Today at the of the start of the most trying of all round the world races. 

Putting to sea from Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendee coast

Of today’s fleet, 30 boats never even made the start like. 6 are already entered for the next race in 4 years time.

Belle Poule

Belle Poule, committee boat

This is such a big subject and it will run for about 9 months as the yachts race each other round the world with all that entails. 

A small section of the spectator fleet

I hope you will agree a better way to over view and share the excitement of this very special event will be a series of brief ish posts about specific aspects of the start and the race.

One of the places I’d have chosen for photography, or a bit a higher.

This part of the French West coast, from Rochfort where the magnificent replica 18 century frigate ‘Hermione‘ was recently built, (you may recall i painted her last year?) through La Rochelle to Sables d’Olonne has to be one of the most picturesque, sunniest and best sailing waters of the entire French west coast; if you doubt me, take a look at a good map!

30,000 sea miles without electronics, sailing as men did in 1968, by seamanship. 

Istvan Koper, USA, cool, calm, collected

The Golden Globe Race 50 th anniversary, 1968/2018.
Yes it’s 50 years since S
ir Robin Knox-Johnston was the only sailor of 9 starters to complete the first every single handed circumnavigation as celebrated by my ‘iconic’ painting “Roaring Forties“.


Roaring Forties

By the way I still have a few of the fine art prints on canvas left, signed by Robin and me, a numbered edition. 

The real thing, unlike posters and cheap prints these have inks guaranteed light fast under normal conditions for 75 years. 


Sauternes Picnic

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

New on our sister web site, “Sauternes Picnic”,

Sauternes Picnic

Sauternes Picnic

Painted mostly on location I hope your get to the commune of Sauternes and discover the many delightful picnic sites and other pleasure of the Ciron

‘Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux’ series, a landscape painting measuring 53 x 81 cms (21” x 32”), oils, available for exhibition and or a new home.

Sauternes Picnic, detail

Sauternes Picnic, detail

Pickle Night, a great reason to party

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Pickle Night is imminent, 4 th November. 
More on Pickle Night, a great excuse to party, on this web site  

“H.M. Schooner “Pickle”, carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar”.  I have... 03.05


Sir Robin, 75 years young is ready for a tough race

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Sir Robin Knox Johnston a BRITISH sailing legend (see “Roaring Forties” ~ signed prints available via this site) , the first man to sail round the world single-handed and without stopping, is going racing again today. Robin Knox-Johnston  sets off from Saint-Malo with 90 other yachts in the Route de Rhum race to Guadeloupe.   Roaring Forties 300 pixels d (more…)


Friday, September 12th, 2014

This week end in France, “JOURNEES DU PATRIMOINE” meaning most museums and many other attractions, chateaux and so on will be open for free, some are places normally closed to the public.


How much for the 3 drawings ?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Marine art, drawings, how much for the 3 drawings I produced of the Clipper yachts back in 1999.  Clipper_Yacht_study_1_D_IMG_1608.JPG   Clipper_Yacht_study_1_D_IMG_1587.JPG   Clipper_Yacht_study_1_D_IMG_1611.JPG (more…)

Publicity helps artists? Article exclusif

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

“Frickers, of waves and of hillsides” =   a French pun,  = “Frickers, des vagues et des coteaux”, light amusement,  have a look at Monday’s La Depeche

An exclusive article, “Frickers, des vagues et des coteaux”, written by the chief La Depeche  journalist Jean Andre l’Hopitaut to whom I was introduced by my good friend Charles de Noblet, my thanks to you both mes amis. (more…)

When is a painting finished (part 2)

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

For artists, when is a painting finished can be a profound question?  The client is happy, the work completed on schedule & within the tight budget.  Our question was how did the The Port of Gaillac at the head of the R. Tarn appear in 1863 just before a rail link opened?    Port_of_Gaillac_06.08.14__D_IMG_1391.JPG (more…)

A Painting is finished when?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

When is a painting finished>?  Port_of_Gailac_1863_01.08.14_DX_IMG_1350.JPG

I am often asked.

I wish you could all see this very unusual  original of the 2 m x 1 m painting.

It’s a good question and here is an offer… (more…)

Yacht sales?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Today, a Skype conversation with an interesting guy in the USA who would like to buy one of my existing yacht paintings.

The painting he is interested in is in storage in Plymouth and I’m in SW France… More on this story soon.