Archive for April, 2018

Me 109’s, Plymouth

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

“Plymouth, Me 109 attack”, page revised and updated.…/p…/plymouth-sound-me-109-attack/
If you like a good ‘history’ read, or are interested in Plymouth history or interested in how my paintings are evolved do visit the page and enjoy what is quite an unusual story.

HMS Victory

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

You heard it first on this blog; Pirates have looted HMS Victory.

Yes, pirates have looted a British and International treasure, HMS Victory. Meaning? Read on for the grim truth…

HMS Victory 2005, ready for the 200 th Anniversary  

H M S Victory, then and now, both photographs taken by me, the second from the Brittany Ferry’s ‘Bretagne‘, as we sailed for France, late evening. The exterior appearance is indicative of the ship’s interior state and I have numerous photographs to prove my point.

HMSVictory 22.04.2018

HMS Victory 22.04.2018

How did this catastrophe happen? Read on… (more…)

‘Orrible History’

Thursday, April 26th, 2018


Never see Philomena Cunk before?

What a treasure she is and with this account of Drake’s ship that easily rivals any ‘Orrible History’ book. 

I’d like to shake her hand. 

There are a number of facts quoted that you will certainly not know and feel all the better for learning. 
Thank you Hastings and Eastbourne Pyrates all, for this post on Facebook ! 
As for the beautiful Golden Hinde replica, if you’ve not visited her please do, she is trapped, ‘orribly wasting away, docked and up the creek, in great need of lively shipmates. 
You may recall, like Drake and most of his men, she was built in Devon?

Golden Hinde Famouth July 1982


Eeek ! Horror

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Double Eeeeek! ~ One very tired man artist, not a pretty sight, on his way home aboard the ‘Bretagne‘, as photographed by an amicable crewman interested, playing with, in my camera …

Very tired GF homeward bound on Bretagne


Much achieved including the 2 new prints, both to be proud of, first class examples of the far astern British Merchant marine glory days, “Master Mariners” and “B I Sunday“. 

It’s the leaving of Port Portsmouth

Despite the sterling support by good friends including Linda Winter and Katy Goodwin, I’m much in need of some TLC and refuelled with sleep, food and exercise…
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible… soon being a tricky word, it has 2 zeros in it…


Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Fish n Chips… Excellent quality.
The first time I’ve eaten fishnchips in a restaurant with chandeliers…
The Pier Head Palace, Southsea. 
Lunch with some of my closest friends including my son, un bon heur (beautiful moment).
Wish you were here however we ARE planning a party for July…

Friends, new and not so new

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

A Titanic experience a couple of days ago, at port ‘Malt House’ in a heavily thatched Wiltshire village, invitation of a new client and royally entertained by Tim and Charlotte who I’m delighted to discover are also new friends. 

The Malt House & French car?

Finally got to bed at 05.00 having manfully played my part emptying a bottle of good port.    I’ve been set a very unusual challenge, a sort of time space continuum issue… 

HMS Victory (photo Gordon Frickers)


Lunch anyone?

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Had a very pleasant lunch with a dear old friend in the garden of the Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown, wish you were here…

A glorious sunny day, I’d just been to The Art Centre at Kelly Bray to collect a large, framed “B I Sunday” which looks just fabulous, a great credit to my printer Alan Tooze.

B I Sunday, Kenya, Maiden Arrival, Mombassa, to complete the B I line up

From Charlestown it was drive back to Plymouth and hastily, very carefully, load my car and depart for darkest Wiltshire to meet a gentleman who is a leading authority on the  ‘Titanic’ and had a ‘proposal’, a challenge for me. 

That evening finished 1/2 a bottle of port and at 05.00 in the morning… 

More when I can, Gordon

Halcyon days

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Sharing halcyon days, wish you were there?
Sent to me by my good shipmate Phil Chatfield who is these days a superb and famous sculptor, (that’s him in the rib) ‘our’ old ship, “Maria Asumpta”. 

The Brig Maria Asumpta in St Michael’s Mount Bay

Taken by someone on the pier at Penzance as we had sailed off to Ramsgate… happy days.
I painted her several times, never enough, and as some of you know she appears in the delightful print Port of Charlestown and a number of my graphite drawings. 

Port of Charlestown, Cornwall

October Evening Port of Charlestown, Cornwall

Painting Prices

Monday, April 16th, 2018

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Price list, to Commission, marine or landscape, a simple solution and guide

A fun and fascinating experience for you; by the way did you know commissioning from be can be a justifiable business expense?

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New Marine Print

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Master Mariners“, a dramatic example of the risks merchant seamen take; and we hope an inspiration for courageous people in future generations.

Timeless paintings, royal gifts, the test of true greatness, classics, the of best long term fine art investments.

After a long a dedicated slog together with my printmaster this awesome image is now AVAILABLE in print as an exclusive edition of 12 only (4 already sold), signed & numbered.

Image size approx: 49 x 33 cm (19 1/4” x 13 1/4”), price £147. inc postage.

“Master Mariners”

If you want something truly remarkable for your wall, this can be it. (more…)