Archive for May, 2018

The Trafalgar Way

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Today, an enjoyable hour’s conversation with one of the organisers promoting this unusual project exploring ways I may be able to contribute.
They have asked to use some of my HMS Pickle paintings as images and for my service as a consultant.

HMS Pickle

Hyperlink > Nelson & Trafalgar Collection, “H.M.S. “Pickle”, carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar
Available, also as as numbered limited edition prints from £147.00.

You may recall, the route was taken in a series of express post chaise by Lieutenant John Richard Lapenotiere the Trafalgar messenger carrying the official dispatches, from Falmouth to the Admiralty, London and eventually to a meeting with King George. (more…)

Golden Globe Race

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

New British Marine text: Specially written at the request of British Marine News’ editor, you can see why in the text, the following can be adapted for other journals so do please bring it to the attention of any editors and journalists you know, thank you. 

The Golden Globe 50 th Anniversary Race, excitement builds with the date almost upon us.

Roaring Forties” in many ways sums up the spirit and achievement of the first single handed, non stop circumnavigation by the 26 year old Robin Knox-Johnston.

Robin Knox-Johnston speaks

Roaring Forties

The following is part of your British marine heritage.

Roaring Forties” was specially commissioned by Robin and Sue Knox-Johnston for his 50th birthday as were the signed ‘Heritage’ prints for collectors (a few remain, see below). (more…)

What made Nelson special?

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Nelson, why is Nelson said to be ‘immortal’, Nelson’s  Minerve voyage gives us clues.

Gibraltar 1796

Nelson at Gibraltar

This marine painting shows Nelson at Gibraltar, 10th December 1796 shows Nelson in the stern sheets of the cutter with tossed oars, when he transferred from the 75 gun HMS Captain  to the frigate  Minerve .

Thus You have 2 Nelson ships for the price of one.

There is an incident during the voyage with Minerve which most historians of Nelson have missed, failed to see the significance. (more…)

Fit for a princess

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Looking for the best in marine art?

You have found it here.”Clansman at Barra” as shown here with Captain John Simkins, the then M D of CalMac Ferries, installed in the ship’s main saloon, has just been updated on my website. 


Capt J A B Simkins on Clansman

Photo courtesy of Captain Simkins. Princess Anne spent 15 minutes at the Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd naming ceremony of “Clansman” talking to the artist and suggested that he should be encouraged to paint more Hebridean scenes.
A result was 2 further commissions from Calmac. 


Clansman Royal Invitation

The story of this painting,  you can find and ‘read allar’dit’ in The Calmac Collection. 


Yes minister?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Informed observers of Brexit are say the P.M.’s new plan is more Baldrick than Blackadder

One journo claims “The frog-boiling is going well”.

England as seen from France…

You couldn’t make it up outside an episode of «Yes minister » and yet…

The P.M. might just as well have looked around the committee members and said, “So that’s agreed: two plus two equals four?”

You know it’s a very odd government when significant cabinet ministers accept reality.


What ship

Monday, May 21st, 2018

A Titanic problem… Why would I want to know what ship is this? Where is she? I have a new painting in mind…

What is that ‘thing’ in the water off her stb side?

Questions, riddles, questions…

Union- Castle Line

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A little bit of news in particular for those who ‘like’d’ my watercolour of the Union- Castle Line, liner ‘Llangibby Castle’, the painting has sold.

Castle Line

 Llangibby Castle

I thank you all for your interests and support which is very encouraging especially for one whose circumstances at least for now, force to live alone, and very especially those who payed me the ultimate compliment, “I’ll buy it”, a compliment that helps enable me to keep painting.

Llangibby Castle detail


Painting for a Princess

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Can you keep a secret?

I can.

Maiden Home” 76 x 101 cm (30″ x 40″), was painted in secret, the design exactly as Tracy Edwards requested, is a follow up to my famous “Ice Maiden”.

Tracy Edwards, Maiden Home

Maiden Home

I’ve only recently been allowed to share this joyeuse work “Maiden Home” with you. (more…)

1st Round the world

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Now hear this ! :

Hear Robin talk about his epic voyage. 

Robin Knox-Johnston speaks

Roaring Forties

A great man, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, I’m honoured to have painted for him (3 times) and be a counted as a friend. 
“When you see a 70 or 80 foot wave stretching from horizon to horizon coming at you from astern…”? 
You can see and read about one of our combined efforts, “Roaring Forties” ~ painting commissioned, designed over a lunch with Robin.
Note the figure in the rigging,  read his quote at

I still have a very few prints, museum quality for the look and feel of the real thing, co signed by Sir Robin standard size £147, Large £227.

Acquire one paying  bank to bank or using PayPal via my Purchase Page. 

To make a purchase the easiest way is bank to bank, ask for details, or using PayPal via the Purchase Page.

By arrangement, purchases can be in instalments.

Contact US ~ T:+ 44 (0)1865 52 2435  or Skype ‘gordonfrickers’

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Speculative Art

Friday, May 11th, 2018

While not exactly in urgent need of more commissions, more would be welcome.

However, while commissions naturally take priority, once in a while I too speculate in art by painting on speculation, something special, usual.

To that end, following a suggestion a friend made a while back I have just written the following to Alex Thomson Racing: ( (more…)