Marine prints, an easier way to buy

I’m in the beautiful village of Shilton in the Cotswold hills near Oxford.
The frost has not thawed today despite a mostly clear sky.
I am in 4 layers starting with thermals and fighting off a chill, otherwise OK thank you.
We are working on various issues including redesigning the Print Gallery on my web site intending to make purchasing significantly easier.

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Last Monday I crossed the English Channel and now I need a new studio…

I sailed on 19,500 tons of  Brittany Ferries new “Amourique” then stayed my first night near Redon.
I have the keys to a friends house where I often help out while passing through, then eventually found my way back to Itzac in the Tarn, Midi Pyrenees.Geoff_n_Wendy_HouseIMG_5767_wp.jpg
I have been mostly cleaning my house since. How do so many spiders and so much dust get in a closed house ~ and 3 frogs in the bathroom?
The picture of my cottage was taken last year before the house warming but balloons apart the place has not changed much for 50 years and was in 1825 the village forge.Soir_de_la_Fete__ma_maison_IMG_4606_wp.jpg
Yesterday re started painting, a large landscape painting and a marine painting, a new “Trafalgar Dawn”.

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Artists social networking, blogs with an article?

What is your experience of social networking?

I had an interesting email from Dr Michael Baker  (+44 20 7193 3216  www.michael-baker.com) Sustainability Consultant – Assessment and Research.

If you have or want experience with social net working for artists, the following may be helpful, kindly leave it in the comments, we may be able to help each other.

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Easter and Pesach have passed over

A stunningly clear morning, the mountains shown in the photo are about 100 miles away,  then gales here.30.03.10_Mts_IMG_7035_d.jpg

A beautiful full moon rise here in an almost clear calm sky  heralds the start of the Easter vacations in France.

The most immediate effect of this will be a marked decline in Internet speed as thousands of  kids go online and more Gendarmerie on the roads with portable radar, neither issue helping those of us with work to do!

In general the Internet in France is patchy as is mobile phone reception, neither being as fast and reliable as in England.

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Email in a Pickle?

How wonderful is email?

A few days ago and there is a joke in here some where,  I received an email dated February 23, now why did that arrive so late?

The subject, an enquiry, was “H.M. Schooner “Pickle“, carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar ~PurchasePrint : yes ~ Message : On prestige cotton canvass~ Message entered from : H.M. Schooner “Pickle“, carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar.

You can see and read more of the extra ordinary research and story of  Pickle and this wonderful and renowned picture on web site page http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/urgent_dispatches.html.

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Racing Yachts Marine Paintings, Marine Photography

I still find photographing marine art, well, any paintings, stressful.

I am yet to find a camera or film that always makes a good job of this even under ideal conditions and worse, some paintings are more difficult to copy than others, why?

Ice_Maiden_06.03.10_IMG_6982_d.jpgI have just re photographed two of the largest major marine paintings in my collection, “Ice Maiden” ( see page http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html for a limited edition copy) and “Yamaha“,Yamaha_painting_2_IMG_6975_d.jpg also the new painting “Racing Yachts“.

So where is the problem?

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Joséphine de Saint Seine, artist, Painter, 2 exhibitions

Regarding Josephine De Saint Seine, artist, friend and painter based at Marseille: by way of helping a fellow artist, painter here is a bit of news…

Josephine prépare 2 expositions, en Mai à la Galerie Mourlot à Marseille, en Novembre à la galerie El Borj à Tunis…..

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Dawn and the Samuel Plimsoll by moonlight

I spent most of the day in the studio working on my marine painting to be “Samuel Plimsoll,  Plymouth Cattewater by moonlight” painting, adjusting the composition and tones. Catte_08.01.10_IMG_6739_wp.jpg

What does it take to make a successful marine painting?

More on that soon, meanwhile, other news today…

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