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Landscape paintings, landscape art, open ended experimenting in the Tarn

French landscape paintings have preoccupied me today, I have continued sorting out my French landscape art today, a process started-stopped-started since last New Year…

This landscape art was conceived not for sale but as open ended research, an artist’s response to discovering and exploring his powerful colour experience as caused by eyes that literally don’t have a normal colour experience.CdM_Prommenade_IMG_0686_d.JPG

The Northern Tarn in the Midi Pyrenees is a magic place to paint experimentally.
This is a very beautiful rural landscape with stable weather, lots of variety and few tourists.F_014.04.10_IMG_7251_d.jpg

Much more than with most landscape painting, though of course by no means all, one really, really, really needs to see the best and worst of this landscape art to fully appreciate them.

The internet and world of monitors, computers and cameras is too limited to give the full experience of the most outstanding examples of this landscape art, some of the colour combinations seem to confuse cameras.w_014.04.10_IMG_7238_d.jpg

You can gather clues; by the way these landscape pictures still have the “old” signatures, by clicking on the pictures on show here on your right, –>

According to my old mentor, and you may think this sounds like a potential limerick, there was a collector who used to buy only what he considered artists worst pictures and always paid double the asking price.
Eventually he had a world famous and seriously valuable collection.
Can you guess some of the names he “discovered”?
I wish I could shake that mans hand; drat, I don’t recall his name…

And talking of hyperspace, I have 2 “dead” 17 inch monitors and a very sick reserve computer here this week.
Still with excellent 22 inch flat screen monitors available for not much over 125 pounds it is not worth repaining the monitors.

The PC is another matter and will go back ito it’s maker in England with me latter this month.
Now, which new screen to choose, so many to choose from…?


I have been working towards what marketing people probably call rebranding.
It feels more like regrinding?
Why bother?
Good question, it is a lot of work.

On the advice of various people I particularly respect including the professionals running the excellent government scheme for small business support, UKTI, I have today changed most of the signatures on the landscapes to “Fricks” and removed the dates.
I am being advised to have a separate web site for my landscapes and another for my photography.
Apparently showing such diverse art work on one web site confuses potential customers and anything that makes a prospect hesitate reduces your chances of a sale, apparently.
Is that true in this case?
Hmm, maybe.
Anyway building a new web site is always fun and exciting so there is one good reason to do it.


Next I’ll frame as many as I can afford to.


Then try to find some where to exhibit and sell them, probably local to the Tarn although there are possibilities in England.

I will be in England setting about this task before the end of this month so if you have suggestions or proposals on these issues, now is a good time to make them know…

To info at frickers.co.uk, subject VFA, thanks.

Fricks was my Dad’s nickname when in the British Army, he seemed fond of both, and has been one of my politer nicknames at various times.

Plus its meaning in French is a nice little joke so memorable.
Maybe you know Fric means dough, rich, loaded, etre bourre de Fric, stinking wealthy?
I wish, fat chance hence drole, very funny.


The flip side is these landscape paintings are often surprising.
Not everyone spots this however some distinguished professionals have kindly been very generous in their praise, saying these landscapes of the Tarn  show originalities, a special concentration, a rare talent; maybe you can agree, maybe not?

We know educationalists find many of the pictures in the landscape painting section of the web site very helpful and plan to make them more available to educationalists.

A few of these landscape paintings have this day had partial repainting to give them better harmony and more impact, a form of fine tuning.
All will have to be re photographed and probably eventually go on a new web site
Seems I have about 35 of this area, the Tarn, of saleable quality.
There are about 15 others half of them never shown on my web site which because of the way they were created and resulting from my very unusual colour vision.

I don’t really want to sell, unless some one makes me an offer I can’t refuse, quite an unusual offer.


Fricks, are you nuts, Why?

These paintings were conceived as experiments exploiting my curious colour vision, trying to learn about it, adjust to it and push the boundaries or what it can produce.
A personal voyage of discovery all be it with wider implications for “colour blind” people.
You may have read a bit on my web site about the issue?

As an aspiring artist I had to “learn” to see colour as “colour normal” people do and even now I am not to sure I get it “right” and interpret colours as the rest of you do.
I was not allowed to join the navy or learn to fly, that was a major big drat in my life.
Consequently these paintings besides many other qualities are full of visual surprises, combinations of colours many people find unusual.su_014.04.10_IMG_7237_d.jpg
They are spontaneous as painted plien aire but painted for carefully planned objectives.

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While anything we do in time is a unique moment so these paintings represent a particular focusing of concentration and experience with a desire to push the artists own visual and intellectual frontiers in as uninhibited response as possible to carefully chosen challenging subjects.
As a result these landscape paintings are valuable field studies painted plien aire, points of reference for the artist (that means me) in his search to better understand his abnormal yet clearly powerful colour responses.

Many of these landscapes were painted in arduous conditions, working in summer temperatures from 25 to 45 C and in all weathers including drought and gales.

The results can not be duplicated, are utterly irreplaceable, impossible to copy except mechanical methods such as prints and they have never yet been a satisfactory substitute for original paintings.

These landscape paintings are quite possibly the most extraordinary landscape pictures I produce during my life time and useful as reference points inthe studio, hence my reluctance to part with them. ..Ricks_1_014.04.10_IMG_7230_d.jpg

Of course this is a project which could make money given investment and expertise, so if you understand this sort of work, you will appreciate this is an opportunity to become fric.

One day some one will, why not you…

If these landscape paintings go and we know they sell well in the right places, depending on quality for values they currently go for between 250 and 1000 Euro,
At say an average of 500 Euro in theory, if we sold them all, would that net a useful sum with the possibility given good marketing of building a following?

The extra specials, the I don’t want to sell paintings, which include those I consider the best and the worst, the latter interesting for the very reason they went out of control, they might, properly shown to appreciative audiences, be worth what…?

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I am reminded though that too many ifs equal zero Euros