Archive for July, 2018


Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

To avoid confusion; Artist to artist, as I prepare a Titanic painting, the issue of Metric/imperial ricochet around always to be highlighted when dealing with stretchers & canvas 
I’m wrestling with sizes, a new order, a, well actually a pair of Titanic painting. 
I used 4.5 cm for the 2 m “Port of Gaillac 1863″ so we will be in distinguished company. 

Port of Gaillac 1863

Discover “The Port of Gaillac 1863” it’s fascinating, via…/mar…/ports/port-of-gaillac-1863/

A rough ride

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Black and white, high’s and low’s, not unlike my life at present.

A curiosity, larger than life, the figures on the painting are actually 2.5 to 3 mm height so you are seeing them much larger than life. 

HMS Racehorse, detail

‘Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit’,

Of this image, the detail was photographed at the request of the distinguished author naval Peter Goodwin to accompany the painting in what will be his 17 th published book, “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage“.

A detail from my painting made with Peter and Katy Goodwin. Painting entitled “HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773“.
Subtitle “‘Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit’, Friday 17 September.” The moment is taken directly from the ship’s log book. Discover more at…/the…/hms-racehorse/

Rose City

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Yesterday a day in beautiful Toulouse widely known as The Rose City because of it’s pink brick works.

I was with my good friend Lily Malek.
One objective was to obtain a list of art galleries; with a little help from Lily this was speedily achieved, merci bien Lily.

More tricky to find, are suitable exhibition sites. I have in mind my S W France landscapes… although my marine work being quietly famous may be of interest too.

A little ‘Jewish shopping’ was possible.
By chance we parked at Lily’s command opposite a small bar… Le Piere Peinard.


Belated birthday

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Under the old fig tree, a day late, an impromptu birthday party for Helene Hélène Ancelet, my ‘French sister’.
Things here in Castelnau de Montmiral are glorious. (more…)

Surprise balloons?

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Who likes surprise balloons? Everyone ?

Here today, up at 06.00, to see a beautiful start to another day in the glorious Tarn.

Sunrise, balloons, bird songs.

I love any and all balloons.

Fun to play with, pretty, exciting, they symbolise good news !

I’ve always wanted to learn to fly; my odd colour vision made that impossible.

As a child growing up near Biggin Hill aerodrome, seeing so many aircraft of every type and even a Montgolfier balloon, I yearned to fly.
Discover more on my other blog, 
Enjoy, fly well today !


Thursday, July 19th, 2018

8 hours driving from Théhillac, Brittany to Castelnau de Montmiral in the Tarn Province in the heart of the l’Occitaine region, the last hour at times literally driving into a rainbow, multi coloured light all around and in my car, I’ve never experienced that before…  on the tail of a storm .

I arrived safely at Castelnau de Montmiral, entering the village by way of the old Roman road 

Some say C de M is another world,a  paradise on Earth. 

I arrived in time to watch a glorious sunset. 

Roaring Forties

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Fun, history and a special offer.

Robin Knox-Johnston

Roaring Forties

A GREAT ‘after dinner’ topic !

FREE with the next 5 “Roaring Forties” orders ~ a ‘Golden Globe Race 2018’, 50 th anniversary, poster.

GGR2018 Poster

~ Note well, I only have 5 GoGoR posters.

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Sweet Swiss

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

A nice piece in a Swiss Sunday paper using my painting. They did exactly what we agreed they would do including pay me a modest copyright licence fee. 

NZZ am Sonntag

Thank you staff of Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG, (NZZ am Sonntag).
Falls Sie einen Print-Beleg wünschen, melden Sie sich bitte bei: , 

GGR2018 Poster

I regret my German is so poor, I understand only a few words and phrases, still I’m pleased for the ggr2018.

A Pickle, again

Sunday, July 15th, 2018
I am pleased to announce this painting is chosen as an illustration for a new video promoting “The Trafalgar Way”. this painting “HMS Pickle, first with News
HMS Pickle

Nelsons Pickle

I’ll let you know when the video goes onto Utube.
Find it in the awesome Nelson and Trafalgar Collection at

One of my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar Collection’, you can  see several of my friends included as crew; the portraits include ‘The’ veteran seaman, Robin Knox-Johnston, another figure is a self portrait.

Nelson s Pickle (detail 2)

Would YOU like to be will be in the next ‘crew’ I paint?


GoGoR2018 heads up

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Rather like the ‘good old days’?
The GoGoR 2018 yachts have to navigate to, pass through several ‘gates’ at which they may hand in 35 mm or Super 8 cine film, video is not allowed nor are electronic nav aids are allowed, no phone calls, no so much as a Tweet

Gordon Frickers & Robin Knox-Johnston

The race has been to some extent inspired by the 19 th century tea clippers, by Sir Francis Chichester sailing Gypsy Moth IV, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailing Suhali and a lot of people have seen my now famous painting of Suhali, “Roaring Forties” (still a few available as a signed print on canvas)