Live on board?

“Have you ever lived on one (a boat or square rig ship) for a long period of time?” I was asked today by film maker Frank Muller.
Thought it might be fun to share my answer with you which reminds me to restart writing the requested book about my life and work.
Charlestown
Charlestown, the port, ‘October Evening’, Cornwall available as a fine art print.
I’ve owned boats most of my life, built quite a few, repaired many more too.
I’ve not lived onboard for long periods.
I don’t really fancy that unless there is a good reason.
Maria Asumpta, a real square rigger,  entering Plymouth

 

It’s a bit cramped, fun for a while.

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Guest Speaker

Did you hear this?

Page and activity I’ve neglected for a while, re written at the request of a new friend , marketing guru.

Guest Speaker

 

Gordon Frickers, best known as a Marine Artist, noted too for poetic landscapes, has proven a popular, entertaining guest speaker.

Gordon Frickers, portrait
Gordon Frickers, photo courtesy of Anthony Osmand Jones.

Gordon Frickers has an engagingly interactive, amusing, immensely knowledgeable and often surprising style as a speaker and lecturer.

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Titanic Progress

Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour“, after Norman Wilkinson. A major painting in progress. Titanic’s voyage was soon over, these two paintings sail on to become an addition to the brief life and long story, Titanic’s story.   Titanic’s ‘Plymouth Harbour‘ measures exactly as the original and is presented on the identical  type of canvas, 79.5 x 172 … Read more

Chris Fagg

It is with the greatest sadness that it falls to me Ladies, and gentlemen, on behalf of his sister Jo and family; it is also my privileged honour, to announce we have lost Chris Fagg

Chris, James, Gordon, Nov 2018

Chris has gone from this the ‘cloud cuckoo land’ he often laughed about to what we hope is a better place.
My deepest sympathy goes to his surviving family especially his sister Jo, and to all his good friends. I wish you all long life.

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Pickle Night?

Tonight, ‘Pickle Night’ theme party at the Crown Plaza, Plymouth.
There was a copyright issue with this poster, now resolved in my favour.
Had it been resolved sooner I’d have allowed the sale on the night of my renowned “I Have Urgent Dispatches” prints [from page Marine Art Prints £167 inc P&P] and given half my profit to the charity.
Crown Plaza, Plymouth
 
This beautiful, impressive print is available from my web site page https://www.frickers.co.uk/art/marine-print-gallery/

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Bright Yellow?

What was / is Bright yellow on warships and why important to my ‘Trafalgar Collection?

A Detail from ‘First Shots’

More than one ship today sports a curious choice of yellow line on her hull.
Quite different from ‘Nelson’s Bright Yellow’.

‘First shots’, HMS Victory at Trafalgar …

At that time [1995] Victory was painted Chrome Yellow.
As a marine artist I knew Chrome yellow was very expensive before 1820.
I suggested it was an error to use it for 1805.
Consternation !
Victory is the Royal Navy’s most famous icon !

Nelson’s Bright Yellow

I researched the colours, external and internal, at Portsmouth and elsewhere, together with Mr. Peter Goodwin when he was ‘Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory.

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