Hag Sameah

December 3rd, 2018

‘Hag sameah’ to all my Jewish relatives and friends.
A belated Hannuka hag sameah to you too, I’ve been busy, I’ve been ill [almost shipshape now] or I’d have sent you my ‘hag sameah’ sooner.

Channuk 2015 IMG_5529

To my non Jewish friends, ‘shalom’, peace, and if of interest, a brief [by Jewish standards… ] explanation of ‘Channukah’. 

The story behind the festival is inspirational, one of a successful struggle against seemingly impossible odds.

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The Pittsburgh massacre

October 31st, 2018
How has Britain has honoured victims of the #Pittsburgh massacre?
 
Within living memory of the Holocaust, we still live in a world where antisemitism exists, deadly attacks on Jews take place. 

Masada,

Masada,

 
First the bad news, then some rays of hope. 

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Fete du Vin

October 23rd, 2018

Something to make you smile every time you see this on your wall.

“Famous Wine Villages of Bordeaux” series
An atmosphere from the Bordeaux region, South West of France.

a Fete du Vin, Sauveterre

a Fete du Vin, Sauveterre

I’ve tried to capture something of everything except the wild Mediterranean music by Los Musaicos. = http://www.losmusaicos.com/index.php?chap=musique
A Fete du Vin at Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, painting measuring 61 x 915 cm (24″ x 36″), oils, yours for £1,500. ~ you might even talk me into including a CD for you.

La Fete du Vin, [detail] Sauveterre

La Fete du Vin, [detail] Sauveterre

A few years back, en route Gaillac to Saint Emilion I stopped for what I thought would be a brief lunch at Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, how little I realised what was about to happen.
One of the best spontaneous afternoons of my life.

La Fete du Vin, [detail] Sauveterre 2

La Fete du Vin, [detail] Sauveterre 2

The mayor said to me, “you can speak English if you wish. This town changed hands so many times during the 100 Years War we speak both languages”.The chief of police was present and said he had made sure all his men were off duty; now there is a man who understands law enforcement.Discover more on page http://artfrickers.com/…/entre-…/fete-de-musique-sauveterre/ or via my blog.
Very good wines there too, hence the fame …

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Vivid Sunsets

October 20th, 2018
Is this October or July? 
Domain du Barry

Domain du Barry

‘Dunowe’, what I do know is we have excellent light here for painting.
 
I’ve just upgraded several of The Gaillac Collection‘ pages, the images here are of the domaine du Barry painting, measuring 40 x 48 cm (16” x 19”), oils, available £950., ex frame, ex studio.
The astonishingly warm dry sunny weather continues here in the south of Brittany, as pleasant as autumns in the South West
I’m reminded of many a merry, memorable evening at du Barry, the domaine being for many years noted for its summer soirees, live music, good inexpensive foods and drinks, art exhibitions, and of course, dancing and singing.
 
You can find the collection with hyperlinks to the individual pictures at http://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/gaillac/, warm yourself, enjoy
GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Sealinks

October 18th, 2018

Curiously perhaps, as a result of the new marine painting “Krakatoa”, I have just updated my page “Pomerol, Baby Vines”

Pomerol, baby vines

Pomerol, baby vines

The reason is two fold.
The two paintings are related.

 

This post started with a very recent comment from the CEO of Rochay Elite. 

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Saint Emilion, Vines

October 6th, 2018

NEW painting, Saint Emilion, Vines, added to my Flag_of GB half inch .svg Bordeaux, Famous Wine Villages Collection Française

Saint Emilion

St Emilion, Vines 05.10.18, ~ available.

Petite cité de caractère, 59 x 90 cm (23 1/4” x 35 1/2”), oils, available, £1900.00

by Gordon Frickers, (ex studio ex frame).

Looking for the best investments in landscapes?

You have found it here.

About this Painting:

While exploring inside this absorbing petite cité de caractère, I also wished to find a grand landscape typical of Saint Emilion showing as many of the key characteristics as possible of this most charming of Bordeaux towns.

This is Saint Emilion, in it’s way one of the most interesting, loveliest towns of France, presented here as a classic view most tourists miss.

Check out the web site page http://artfrickers.com/sample-page/st-emilion-pomerol/saint-emilion-from-east/, enjoy ~ and sample the Wines !

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Guess what

September 30th, 2018

Splendid weather here all last week so I’ve been preparing canvas for more paintings if the “Famous Wine villages of  Bordeaux series”.

Chateau Cat Oars

Chateau Cat Oars

What am I doing today?

Wayfarer

?

First prize, an invitation to go sailing.

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Pyrenees

September 6th, 2018

The Pyrenees, (not all of them), so sorry, you can’t have this one, measuring 200 x 46 cm, (6′ 7″ x 1′ 6″) oils on specially prepared canvas board.

Pyrenees

Pyrenees

Newly added to my ‘Sunset’ series be dazzled by page http://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/sunset-series/
“Dear Gordon,
Thank you from us both for the most beautiful painting which has come into our lives.
When we first saw it it was breathtakingly lovely but the more we look at it from different angles and at different times of the day, the more we appreciate it. It is suffused with golden light and will give us great joy for the rest of our lives.
I do hope our paths cross again in the future and we do wish you all the very best with your work.
Kind regards”
This painting has pride of place in the salon over the mantelpiece in a charming ‘maison secondaire’ near the bastide village of Puycelci in the Tarn province, yet again to fully appreciate this painting you do need to see it which is alas, unlikely.

Pyrenees

Painting the Pyrenees

You could commission a painting like this from me,

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

 

Boards and canvas

August 27th, 2018

An afternoon in the sun preparing materials for new ‘Wine Villages of Bordeaux’ paintings.

Each board is carefully prepared, cut sanded, trimmed, treated the a scrim glued on. Boards are more durable than plain canvas, less fragile, and have other virtues. The scrim will painted first with Gesso, which together provides a good ‘tooth’ for the painting to grip

Now I need a shower.  IMG_5125

I’m not short of ideas for the new paintings, looking forward to having time to focus and paint. GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Roman Wine?

August 7th, 2018

Want to try wine the Romans drank?

How do you find a gift for a special for example a wealthy friend? A rare, interesting, delicious wine they simply can’t get is one answer.

Alian de la Castel de Brames

Alian de la Castel de Brames

At Castel de Brames yesterday evening

the heart of L’Occitane

buying wines made from some of the oldest vines in France, (mostly) for gifts.

Castel de Brames

Castel de Brames

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