At Toulouse

Toulouse, lunch with Lily. I’ve written a bit more on my other blog and with other photos and on one of my two Facebook pages : I have to collect a major painting, on loan to Chateau de Saurs and have a variety of other ‘business’ and good friends to visit,  in this region where … Read more

Wine tasting & young ‘bloods’

My last Tarn evening was enjoyed at domaine Peyres Roses by invitation, among the leaders of the next generation of Gaillac wine makers, for a wine tasting with merry company and which turned out to include a bountiful dinner.

Sunset and vines, Peyres Roses 26.11.16
Sunset and vines, Peyres Roses 26.11.16

For my last night in the Tarn during this sortie, I was invited to wine tasting, to join the ‘young bloods’.


Meaning, people who’s parents have dedicated their lives to restoring the natural qualities to wines of Gaillac (pronounced Guy’ack).

Wine Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16
Wine Tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

This next generation is tasked with continuing that fine work and more, a heavier responsibility, beginning to restore to the reputation of the Gaillac  wines to their former very special place, a reputation lost because of the catastrophe of the grape phylloxera during the 19 th century, a disease effecting vines, for which there is still no know cure. 

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16
Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

I was made very welcome, it was easy to ‘fit in’ and I learnt quite a lot about wine while strengthening new friendships.

Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16
Wine tasting-at-Peyres-Roses-05.12.16

I was most touched to be treated as something of an honoured guest, even embraced by my principal host before I eventually unmoored.

I find it impossible not to miss the Tarn, the very many people who have shown me such appreciation and friendship.

Wine tasting at Peyres Roses-05.12.16
Wine tasting at Peyres Roses-05.12.16

Will I return?
Yes, there is more work to be done. with Gaillac Wine’s Growth Potential..

Why Gaillac?

Read moreWine tasting & young ‘bloods’


Yesterday Chateau Los Tours, tomorrow chateau de Saurs, poetic isn’t it!  I’m painting on location, considering further extending my stay around Gaillac in Le Tarn, heart of l’Occitaine, SW France. Weather here is better than up North and I have 5 more paintings to complete for this project. The series, ‘Vin, au Chateau, Gaillac‘ for … Read more

Chateau de Lacroix 98%

98 % completed, “Chateau de Lacroix”, measuring 81 x 5 cms (32” x 23″), oils, available.

Chateau De Lacroix, near completed, 09.10.16
Chateau De Lacroix, near completed, 09.10.16

For the Gaillac exhibition, with
Service Culture de la ville de Gaillac. 80 place d’Hautpoul. 05 63 81 20 19 • culture Gaillac
1 st to 30 December.
Discover more on 

Read moreChateau de Lacroix 98%

St Emilion Sunset

This new painting of St Emilion, oils, 20 ” x 30 “, looking for a home, offers?  St_Emilion_sunset_IMG_0455.JPG_d.JPG

Famous for the very best of red wines, St Emilion, have you been there? A UNESCO world heritage site, this very beautiful little town will feature in my major project for this year, ‘Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux‘. I’m looking for exhibition sponsors, ideas?

Read moreSt Emilion Sunset

Palatable news and an invitation, Newsletter No. 20

Gordon Frickers artist, a glimpse into the life of a contempory artist.

GOSS VOYAGE CAPTURED ON CANVAS = we have a fabulous new print to offer you “Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean”.  Spirit_of_Mystery_in_the_Southern_Ocean_IMG_5321.JPG_wp_2.JPG

Some copies will be co signed by Pete Goss the distinguished skipper of Spirit of Mystery Pete Goss (MBE & la Légion d’honneur etc.) *You are one of the first to know it’s available *

Read morePalatable news and an invitation, Newsletter No. 20

Wine project, Gaillac connections

The day started with an early morning drawing on location at Gaillac on the banks of the Tarn.  IMG_4507_wp.JPG

I wanted the study to show together with a remarqued, framed print of “‘The Port of Chester 1863” and a photograph of the bridge and weir at a meeting at 11.00, subject Gaillac wine,  in Castelnau de Montmiral.

Read moreWine project, Gaillac connections