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Painting progress

August closes, marine painting has resumed in earnest at last following the difficulties caused by having to leave Itzac suddenly due to faulty electrics.

Being a bit out of practice it seems there is more paint on me than on the canvases, a situation I’m hoping to reverse.

Work has recommenced on the new version of the renowned “Trafalgar dawn” (available quickly and securely using PayPal as a signed numbered edition from page

http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html), an update written below.

Also on the easel in the past few days, HM Submarine Unique and “Emigration, Plymouth Cattewater and the Samuel Plimsol” ~ here is a brief progress report.

Trafalgar dawn, the French perspective“; this new marine painting measures 48″ x 12” and will eventually go into print to make a pair of prints with the existing painting of Trafalgar dawn.

We will show a photo on this blog of the progress very soon.

This new marine painting seems already destined to become like the other version, a classic.

It is already being suggested here in France that it should be displayed in the Musee Maritime in Paris!

This shows great confidence in the artist’s abilities as the picture is still at a very early stage.

So far, after over 100 hours of research we have the underpainting started, this will eventually establish the tones and final composition.

Onboard the Bucentaure we can now see numerous figures set against a horizon upon which the British fleet is emerging.

Researching the French uniforms took almost as long as researching the British fleet positions!


As soon as the painting is sufficiently defined we will show you how it looks and you can try and imagine how the finished version will appear!

While Trafalgar dawn, the French perspective is a long way from finished, “moonlight patrol, HM Submarine Unique” is almost completed.

You may know, Unique was a U class submarine operational during World War 2?

Some of HMS Unique‘s  history is on the Internet, soon we will bring you more from our own unique research and a picture.


Plymouth Cattewater was back on the easel for several hours today.

A magnificent hand made to special order  medium gold swept frame has arrived so at last this splendid painting can be finished.

Gordon Frickers preferes to finish major paintings in their frame after the colouring has had a month or 2 to settle.

You may have noticed paint often changes colour as it dries?

This is one of the reasons Gordon Frickers much preferes people ordering commissions to order well in advance of their delivery date if at all possible.

In this case the work involved has been mostly tinting and glazing.

This fine tuning has included some work on the Mount Batten quarry following comments by Nigel Overton, Heritage Officer, City of Plymouth, the sky has been made a tone more blue, like wise the cliffs of Jennycliffe bay, the buildings have had their shadows darkened and lights brightened, a magical veridian green has tinted the hull of the clipper Samuel Plimsol and parts her sails have had touches of a pink / grey added to enhance the effect of moonlight through the canvas, the sea has benefited from limited amounts of veridian added to the for ground and a number of other minor refinements have been made to the painting for example to the dinghies.

A new photo will follow on this blog as soon as the tints and glazes had dried, hopefully in a few days.


While the light here in the Tarn continues to be excellent for painting, this has been an odd summer for the Tarn.

We have only had one day of 40 C; most days this year have been 25 to 29 C, more like a good English summer than the South of France!

Gordon still managed to get a bit of a tan on the beaches of the cote de Landais and some long swims too!

Hello September, bye bye summer 2010