Un des plus beaux village de France

An unexpected exhibition will run to the end of September.

Today we disconcerted and surprised Gordon Frickers by having him place a small but very special exhibition of landscape paintings of the Tarn in the beautiful Hotel des Consuls, right in the centre of the historic 13th century Castelnau de Montmiral, the Place des Arcades. Htl_des_Consuls_IMG_8337.jpg

The hotel, open all day every day is easy to find and visit, now run by the very amicable Helene and Marc Gaudechon the hotel retains its traditional character, is deseptively spacious and charming inside including a large (for Castelnau de Montmiral) private terrace and garden and a small swimming pool; room prices start from 48 Euros, tel: +33 (0)5 63 33 17 44 or view www.hoteldesconsuls.com (email: hoteldesconsuls@nullorange.fr), we unreservedly recommend this hotel.

The landscape paintings on show were all painted in the area when Gordon Frickers was experimenting with his odd colour vision, none were intended for sale yet have gained quite a following in England being noted for their colour, depth, rhythms, vibrancy and much more.Ricks__valle_de_Vere_IMG_7441_d.jpg

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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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French landscape painting, open ended fine art

Although my reputation is for marine painting, I am working as hard as I can on my Landscape paintings in particular those of Southern France.SP__014.04.10IMG_7212_d.jpg

I am bringing most of these originals to Plymouth on the 28th of this month for framing as I have several offers of minor exhibitions local to my French address and wish to clear some of these pictures and reduce my stock.
If they sell well I’ll paint some new versions, if not I’ll continue to focus on marine painting.

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Special eyes

Landscape paintings, landscape art, open ended experimenting in the Tarn

French landscape paintings have preoccupied me today, I have continued sorting out my French landscape art today, a process started-stopped-started since last New Year…

This landscape art was conceived not for sale but as open ended research, an artist’s response to discovering and exploring his powerful colour experience as caused by eyes that literally don’t have a normal colour experience.CdM_Prommenade_IMG_0686_d.JPG

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Back in the picture or in this case, marine prints

Marine prints and marine painting back on the agenda, see the list below?

At last I am able to again  accept offers of exhibitions!

Despite and because of the severe weather making roads all but impassable and much other activity difficult,  I have finally catalogued the framed marine prints here.  Itzac_Noel_IMG_6656_d.jpg

One at least is still missing, where is it?

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Hailstones as a flood defence?

Ever had your front door blocked by hailstones? Last night made a fair attempt out side my cottage!

Landscape painting  that is, painting plien aire (out doors)  is currently quite a challenge with temperatures often up to the mid 30’s C in the shade.   Hailstones_IMG_5824_wp.jpg

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Gold turns brown, the credit crisis, wine or dolphins?

Gold turns brown, an oblique reference to the credit crisis, dolpins or to wine?

An amusing French expression much used at Castelnau de Montmiral at present. Tous les jours ce n’est pas du temps de saison – all and every day it is not the weather for the season.

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