Archive for October, 2010

The pickle puzzles continues…

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Had an interesting comment come in recently regarding the much acclaimed marine painting in print as “I have urgent dispatches“, copies  available using PayPal via page and on the web site as H.M. Schooner Pickle carrying the news of the battle of Trafalgaurgent_dispatches_in_framed.jpgr.

The gentleman in question wrote: (more…)

News here, I go to England

Friday, October 29th, 2010
News here, I go to England in about 2 weeks and besides business, seeing friends and shopping hope to return with an old 5 m sailing dinghy intended to be good for my mental and physical health.
Otherwise, busy as usual with marine paintings, including reworked an oldie, slightly, Admiral’s Cup racing featuring the yacht Oracle. Admiral__s_Cup_IMG_8854_28.10.10_d.jpg
I must make an effort to market my work. really though, I am much more interested in painting so need an agent, any ideas who or how please?
Its been a cool summer here in SW France and a chilly autumn so I can’t yet say if this will be a good year for wine. Autumn_vines_IMG_8784_d.JPG (more…)

Home, studio, agent, exhibitions, publicity, strikes in France and sailing…

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
My house hunt continues.Maison_FB__CdM_IMG_7045_d.jpg
I have not been trying very hard to solve this issue partly because I have a lot to cope with here at present, partly because I am now thanks to my friend Francoise Boitel who is now my landlady, I’m reasonably secure at Castelnau de Montmiral until May if I want to stay here.

Trafalgar day 21.10.10

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Trafalgar! A painting in progress shown here on Trafalgar day, 21st of October, the battle of Trafalgar called by the French “Le catastrophe de Trafalgar”.

The battle of Trafalgar, an event which changed world history and Napoleon Bonaparte said did not happen also saw the heroic death of the British hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

Appropriately here is the battle of Trafalgar at approximately 06.20 as viewed from the French flagship; a painting in progress.TD_2_21.10.10_IMG_8792_d.JPG (more…)

See saw

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

What will be the quality of this year’s French wine?Autumn_vines_IMG_8786_d.JPG

The weather report from here is ‘see saw’, some splendid warm autumn days and evenings however there is a but.

The Midi Pyrenees has also experienced some unseasonably wet and cold weather Autumn weather, it has on the wetter chillier days felt much like England.

How will this effect the grape harvest and subsequent wines, will 2010 be a good year for French wine? (more…)

Ports Archive

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Updated the archive of older port paintings.

See: Ports Archive

A moving experience?

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

sunset_02.10.10_IMG_8758_d.JPGYesterday closed with a classic sunset, we have an invigorating ‘reefed topsail’ day here today, sunny warm and unusual in the tranquil Tarn, an East wind gusting force 8 and 9, wonderful light and an inspiring gale for marine painting!

The past few days post the Monaco Yacht Show have been focused on looking for another place to settle; I must go down to the sea again, the lonely sea and the sky

Where to rent next, cote d’azur, Loire Atlanique, Bordeaux, Cornwall? all are possibilities and all have merits…

Yesrterday closed with an impressive sunset and to the East an impressively pink sky. dusk_east__IMG_8761_d.JPG

How to find some where to re settle, any suggestions? (more…)

The 20th Monaco Yacht Show 2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Now in its 20th year The Monaco Yacht Show weighed in with more and bigger dazzling yachts than last year.

This show is a unique market with half the craft on show less than a year old and all offered for sale to which are added numerous concept models and the latest technologies accessories and toys including aircraft and submarines.
The show was focused on 100 superyachts ranging from 25m to the refined 90 m (295 feet) of the yacht “Nero” a truly elegant modern classic clipper stem motor yacht built by Corsair Yachts in China, a small ship which cause a sensation in 2008 and is now offered for sale and charter by Burgess (more…)