Archive for April, 2016

‘Promoted’ to The Trafalgar Collection.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Page revised, updated and appropriately ‘promoted’ to The Trafalgar Collection.

La Recouverance

La Recouverance

Page révisé, mis à jour et de manière appropriée “promu” The Collection Trafalgar. (more…)

The Mayflower Steps

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Plymouth, Mayflower Steps; these steps are symbolic.

The Mayflower Steps Mystery...

The Mayflower Steps Mystery…

In 1620 the Plymouth Barbican was a very different place.
What did it look like…?
There is a mystery and a yarn to be unraveled here…
Where did the ‘Mayflower’ anchor?
Did she enter Sutton Harbour (the old inner harbour upon which Plymouth was founded and grew) and use the quay or did she lie to on the Cattewater?
Plymouth Cattewater is still used by merchant ships today as it has been since at least the Bronze Age when Phoenician sailors are known to have anchored here.

River Plym, Commercial Wharf

River Plym, Commercial Wharf

Many a famous voyage upped anchor including that of the first Captain ton circumnavigate the world and after whom the Cape Horn Passage is named, a man the Spanish called The Dragon’, Francis Drake.

The Cattewater and approach to Sutton Harbour

The Cattewater and approach to Sutton Harbour


Today is my last day for a while in my adopted home port of Plymouth, a few chores in the Barbican quarter, load my car then this evening it’s my turn to sail from Plymouth, on one of the luxurious Brittany Ferrys.

Slow Ahead

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Navigate with care, Slow ahead, health warning: A dear friend has generously shared a ‘bug’ she went all the way to Australia to get, with me.

It seems to like me, a sentiment I do not share with it.

Cutlass 40 detail 1

Cutlass 40 detail 1

Consequently I’m flying flag ‘D’ (maneuvering with difficulty), running at slow ahead and, bummer, not getting done all I’d wish to.
I’m trying to get well, always harder for those of us daft enough or fated to live alone, “normal service will be resumed as soon as possible”.

Plymouth, ocean city

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Plymouth sun shine city, sea air, ocean city, I was up with the larks or in my case Herring Gulls.

Long ago, THE Mayflower, before she sailed into our history books,  lay anchored off the tower you see in the middle distance in my photograph.

This morning was one of those ‘far to good to stay in bed even when over tired’ mornings so on I go.

Eastern light floods west, river Plym dawn

Eastern light floods west, river Plym dawn

Art news, I’m working on ‘The Mayflower’, research.

If ‘THE Mayflower’ interests you and you’d like to follow or help with the research, don’t hesitate to connect with me.

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From Plymouth

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Following on visits to Portsmouth, London and Bristol,

A view of the port of Bristol

A view of the port of Bristol

Street art from the home of 'Banksie', Bristol

Street art from the home of ‘Banksie’, Bristol

mostly for reasons of art work including my series “Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux”, at dawn today found me at my ‘home port’ mostly to continue researching ‘The Mayflower 2020’ for the next week. I’ll post about developments on my blog www.frickers.co.uk/art/blog and facebook as and when I can… Meanwhile here is a nice calm pic of the historic River Plym looking west as it was this morning, enjoy.

Sunrise, the river Plym

Sunrise, the river Plym

B I Sunday, “Stop Engines”

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

B I Sunday” ‘a serious’ marine painting, celebration of probably a unique event, an extraordinary insight into those far off lives and times, a ‘full on’ large (ish) painting completed, measures a healthy 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″) has so to speak come to ‘Full Stop, finished with engines…’

You can find the story, of the painting, on the B I Sunday page on this web site, enjoy.

B I Sunday 10.04.16

B I Sunday 10.04.16

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Updated: Lost, Halifax heavy bomber

Friday, April 8th, 2016

An eye witness account, Handley Page Halifax Heavy Bomber lost on its first operation, page updated.

Halifax DK 170

Halifax DK 170

Research sources and more added.
The eye witness account from Mr. John Loban.
Obtt. P. Barte-uffz flying a Messerschmidt Me 110 G4 was radar directed to his victim.

Discover the story at http://www.frickers.co.uk/…/the-loss-of-a-new-handley-page…/

Research sources included:

“To see The dawn Breaking”, W.R. Chorley (76 Squadron Operations).

Combat report; Obtt. P.Barte-uffz, night fighter squadron 1

Ariel photographs of Belgium (artists own collection)

Royal Airforce Museum (thank you Mr. Bush)

Janes’ “All The World Aircraft 1943/4

“Flight” July 1943

Aircraft Movements card DK170

“Halifax, An Illustrated history of a Classic Worl War II Bomber”, K.A. Merrick

Met Offices Dept, 07 H.Q. Bracknell

Models of the Halifax B111 and Messerschmidt Me 110 G4.

Mr. A. Frickers (Captain, retired) firearms expert.

 

 

To my home port, Plymouth

Friday, April 8th, 2016

“The Mayflower”: Advance notice: I plan to be in my home port, Plymouth, week of the 18th to 24th, mostly to continue researching The Mayflower.

Anyone who wishes to see me, and or share the fun by helping with the research kindly let me know ASAP.

All my contact details are on the contact us page of my web site www.frickers.co.uk/art, contact us

thank you.

Plymouth Hoe and Citadel

Plymouth Hoe and Citadel

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A voyage nearing completion

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This post is offered as a progress report for my friends who like to see and follow the development of a painting. You can see the ‘sea’ is nearing completion as is this marine painting.

B I Sunday progress (3) 05.04.16

B I Sunday progress (3) 05.04.16

B I Sunday” measures a healthy 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″).
The ‘details’ shown here will appear larger than life on an average screen, example, the central ship, the one with the tug, “Kenya“, measures on the canvas 23.4 cms (9 & 1/4”), the smallest B I ship shown, “Tabora“, measures a diminutive 5.2 cms (2”).

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 1, 05.04.16

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 1, 05.04.16

There is a summary of this painting’s progress on my web site page “B I Sunday” which shows the progress from initial sketches. 

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 2, 05.04.16

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 2, 05.04.16


This marine painting has been formally signed, a clue which always means we are up to about 95 % complete.
My intention is to further refine the water, in effect, to keep the colouring while making the wavelets look calmer.

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 3, 05.04.16

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 3, 05.04.16

There are some other visual surprises to come; the wharf needs cranes, there were 4 per berth and a few other details including sorting out the ‘small’ craft, checking every detail is correct, sharp and ship shape,  adding local craft and colour. 

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 4, 05.04.16

B I Sunday progress (3) detail 4, 05.04.16

This marine painting is not for sale, it’s a commission.

Once completed I will have run out of commissions so will focus on the Bordeaux wine village series.
However an exclusive few copies of “B I Sunday” will be available as a heritage print.

In addition, there are now quite a few B I ships shown on my web site so I will soon organise them for your convenience and enjoyment under one heading with an introductory text as “The B I Collection“.