The loss of the “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes”.

Researched over several years, there is a complex theme behind this marine painting,  treasure, piracy, marine transport, pride, self defense, national interests, all and more compete in this tale.    The loss of the “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes”. measures 30 x 45 cms (12″ x 18″), oils, available,  You can acquire this splendid painting via our Payment page or contact … Read more

From the Plymouth Evening Herald

Cattewater painting for Brussels

HISTORIC: Marine artist Gordon Frickers finishing the painting of old PlymouthGF_n_Catte_IMG_7862_d.jpg

A PAINTING of Plymouth Cattewater showing a scene from the early 1880s is to be one of the centre pieces at an exhibition at the European Parliament.

Marine artist Gordon Frickers, from Plymouth, has been asked to submit the painting, entitled Plymouth Cattewater, which shows a clipper loading prior to her imminent departure for Australia.

It is believed Gordon will be one of very few British artists ever invited and certainly the first marine artist from Plymouth to exhibit at the Parliament building in Brussels.

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So how was Plymouth?

My visit to Plymouth, looking back as I try to catch up on work at Itzac, went quite well including some good PR; the bad news was getting up early to be with Gordon Sparks on BBC Radio Devon the good news, Gordon  Sparks Sparkie is great fun to be interviewed by,

There will also be a a piece in the Plymouth Evening Herald ~ (circulation about 250,000) by Tristan Nicholls of whom some including David Folley say “the best journalist on the Herald”  about the new large marine painting Plymouth Cattewater and the invitation to exhibit next year at the European Parliament in Brussels. RPCYC_IMG_7648_d.jpg

The photo here is a different view of the the Cattewater, River Plym, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club from which I used to sail in former family days and looks towards the east shore and my former home at Plymstock.

Besides visiting familiar places and there is more to tell!

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On air, BBC Radio Devon

The radio Devon interview, BBC Radio Devon, Gordon Sparks Show, went well this morning. GF n Catte IMG_7864 wp cropped_1.jpg
Sparksie had that train painting, of the Flying Scotsman on his PC screen as the Royal Albert Bridge is hot news in Plymouth at present (are we missing out).
Nice to be painting topical subjects!

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Today I was in Cornwall and West Devon.

The weather has been typical, rain, strong winds and some calm beautiful days too.
Sploshing_IMG_7650_wp.jpgThis day started with a swim at 07.00. at Plymouth Central Park pool before going on to the Art Centre at Kelly Bray, Callington in Cornwall (Tel:01579 383523, www.artistsmaterialsonline.co.uk) .

I have been a customer for over 30 years at the Art Centre, formally Westward Art Frames, which I have seen evolve into a thriving business with an excellent selection of materials and probably unbeatable framing service; Jen and Roz Roz_n_Jen_IMG_7657_wp.jpgwho now look after the shop and framing respectively are much better looking than Ian and Darren!

Read moreToday I was in Cornwall and West Devon.

En route to England and a birthday treat

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Up early ish today and loading my car including with 2 major marine paintings F 014.04.10 IMG_7258 d_1.jpg(Plymouth Cattewater and Nelson at Gibraltar 10 Dec 1796) and numerous French landscapes.

One of the objectives of this return to my home port of Plymouth is to find out how the paintings are received, perceived and valued, another is to consider suitable exhibition venues.

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Glenorchy, published by Sea Breezes magazine

I hear from my friends at Sea Breezes magazine, “Yes we did manage to get the Glenorchy scan to a publishable quality“.G1914Glenorchy_on_the_Thames.JPG

Sea Breezes, Glenorchy the marine painting is in the June issue which is on sale today.

Read moreGlenorchy, published by Sea Breezes magazine