Climate Change?

Climate change real or a hoax?

Our climate is of course constantly changing.

It always does.

Some of us refer to this phenomena as ‘weather’.

Climate Change : a response to the ‘deniers’ narrative.

The three fold questions behind the pc phrase ‘climate change’ are; is the present rate of change abnormal and if so in what ways and finally of this threesome, is there a change occurring that is a threat to our individual and collective lives?

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This some what sums up how I’m feeling right now … as does
“Par Beach, Morning Fog”.
Par Beach, Cornwall, morning fog
This beautiful, subtle study measures 230 x 300 mm (9″ x 12″), is NOT sold despite what it says on my web site. No reasonable offer refused.
Both my web sites are undergoing long overdue major upgrades and re structuring.

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Good afternoon Gordon,

Racehorse‘ as in HM Sloop ~ in answer to some points raised the following transpired which you may enjoy my sharing with you.

I have read with a lot of interest your creation page on the “Racehorse”. I immediately noticed the struck topgallant masts and the painstaking research that went into the “gammoning” subtitle. However, I would expect a ship in that kind of weather to sail under reefed topsails only, with one jib to boot as you illustrated. Was that considered with Mr Goodwin, and possibly disregarded for “artistic licence”?  I would be curious to have his take on that. (then, just nitpicking here, would the ship not sail under independent Admiralty orders, and thus have a common (tricolour) pennant?) I love the painting… May I ask, even if it means I cannot afford it“.  

Racehorse (detail)

I replied :

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C S Forester

The author C S Forester has a lot to answer for !
I’ve just added my name to the “Horatio Hornblower Appreciation Society” on Facebook.

These days people say I am a marine artist. 

HMS Pickle
I Have Urgent Dispatches (HMS Pickle)
I first encountered Forester’s most famous character, Mr. Horatio
Hornblower when as a bored 13 year old my dear Dad tossed a book to me saying, here, read this, I read it years ago and enjoyed it.
The book, you may have guessed by now, was ‘Midshipman Hornblower’.
Hooked, I soon devoured all the C S Forester books I could find in our local public library. 

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Rose City

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.

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My first ‘recorded’ efforts to paint

An amusing tale in answer to a point raised by my friend Gerri Gill, via Facebook, Gerri won’t mind my sharing this with you.
Of yesterdays post Gerri generously wrote “Absolutely gorgeous. I love them both and especially the top colours [Mauretania, Maiden Departure from Liverpool, available as a signed print] . One is calm and serene. The other makes you sit up to attention and look …..

Mauritania, Maiden Departure

Then the key part, she wrote “I am right in thinking that your path to excellence started with Francis? He must feel very proud“.

My reply was along these lines… 
The path didn’t start with Francis Pratt although he was a major influence. 
Probably my first ‘recorded’ efforts to paint were when I was about 4 or 5 years old. 

Gordon age 3

With my friend Patrick Crawley we opened some tins of paint in my parents garage then ‘abstract painted’ the walls. 
Very firmly told never do that again, I next painted Patrick. 
Poor wee lad, he had to have his cloths burnt and head shaved so I must have done a pretty job. 
I don’t actually remember doing it but my Mother sometimes told the story and I do remember seeing the garage walls, thinking it was very jolly and wondering how it came to be so.

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