Corum Saphir – further reading

Corum SaphirWest Cowes Marina, SketchGordon Frickers made his decision to ‘marine’ paint while sketching in the Marina.
With her stylish, colourful livery, keen team & reasonable track record she seemed a boat to watch.
Later when at sea, in full oil skins, working rather like William Turner in the 1830’s, from the heavily pitching spray soaked deck of a 50′ press launch, a large sketch book & in those pre digital days, several rolls of film were soon used, observed moments snatched from a near full gale.
The sketch book is remarkable.

In the studio the numerous impressions were carefully assessed to find an essence.
A colour slide provided the action; but it was the wrong colours & wrong boats!

All was quickly changed.
A week later a new painting surprised the crews as they stepped ashore at the end of the Fastnet Race at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth.
All were unanimously agreed, the atmosphere was exactly “it”.

While the Fastnet was in progress, for the artist the week finished with a 4 day cruise and race as a guest aboard the giant J Class yacht Velsheda (see Velsheda Vertigo )

Sponsors Corum immediately bought the painting.
It was last heard of in Switzerland with replicas of their team cups.

You could own a painting of this size and quality from as little as £1800.oo, paying in easy installments bank to bank or via Paypal.


Gordon Frickers © 17,08,02, Updated 31.08.15. 


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