Typically Jewish

February 13th, 2019

A typically Jewish response.

HonestReporting.com invites Congresswoman Ilhan #Omar, a ‘religious’ Muslim, following her series of mostly very antisemitic comments, to #Israel “to join our Mission to Israel to see the country for herself”.

Jerusalem and the site of David's city

Jerusalem and the site of David’s city

Generous, open hearted, a response to be proud of.
Will U S ‘Democratic Party Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accept?
This painting was made after my first visit to Israel back in the early 1980’s so now has growing historic value.
The painting reminds us that Israel was laid waste following the Arab Islamic invasion some 1400 years before I arrived.
The desolation is clearly shown in the collection painted by the Scots artist David Roberts RA (24 October 1796 – 25 November 1864).

Mark Twain wrote “I could ride for 10 miles in any direction and not meet a single living soul“. After centuries of neglect, today Israel is once again a vibrant and growing country.

This rare painting measures 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), available, £4,000, see page: Jerusalem, Temple Mount, David’s city.

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Last sunset

January 31st, 2019

January first seems to me an odd date to chose for new year. I propose March, April or May first or a date in late September for the renewal.

Un mois pas bon pour la peinture

Un dernier regard, au revoir janvier, ce n’est pas que nous devrions souhaiter nos heures, mais c’est un mois très moyen, plutôt maussade, peu ensoleillé en Bretagne. IMG_6027

A month not good for painting.
A last look, goodbye January, not that we should wish our hours away.

Rather, it’s been a very average month, mostly dreary, often wet cold and windy, not much cheerful sunshine in Brittany.

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January 21st, 2019

Clear sky, heavy frost this morning = excellent light soon for painting.

My studio is lower deck centre, visitors welcome.

I’m working on a ‘Titanic’ related painting & my ‘Famous Wine Villages of Bordeaux’ series.
Discover More & better quality photos on my blogs.


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Sweet nights

January 21st, 2019

Moon rise over France, spring tides on the coasts.

Moonrise, S W France IMG_9807.JPG d

In my snug studio I’m working on ‘Famous Wine Villages of #Bordeaux’ series, see http://artfrickers.com/sample-page/

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Cold start

January 3rd, 2019

A frosty morning outside my studio, soon, good light for painting.



Happy New Year 2019 !

December 31st, 2018

As we go into a new year, I wish you a happy healthy prosperous 2019.

06 Aug Sunrise

06 Aug Sunrise


May all your sunrises be glorious.

This one was painted ‘plien aire’, as it happened, 06 August,

One of a series shown on the web site, it’s available [£1,500] and can be acquire in instalments.

Whatever, enjoy and know I’m wishing you a brilliant 2019.

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Cold and wet where you are?

December 15th, 2018

“Moulin sur la plage” ~ “Windmill on the beach”.

Moulin sure la plage

Moulin sure la plage

A charming coastal landscape, as I write hung on my salon wall ready to bring to your home, or office an ambience of open skies, clean beaches, woodland and ocean, tales of pirates and gourmet foods.

Painted on the Isle de Noirmoutier, off The Vendee coast.
The island of sand, refreshing ocean winds and sunshine, scented pines and famed for its new potatoes and the finest sea salt in all France. 
Modestly priced at £750. 


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A problem of success

December 11th, 2018

The Frustrations and expense of idiotic Brexit and better news, demand for my marine work is slowing this great project, ‘Famous, Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux’,

I really really want to press on with this exciting project. I have quite a few fine paintings in stock and feel the best is yet to come.

Plus, people keep buying the paintings. to make a really impressive show I feel I need to hide the collection.

A problem of success I suppose… ?

What is this enthusiasm for  ‘Famous, Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux’ all about?

Bordeaux, arguably the most famous name in wines? Many have heard the famous names, St Emilion, Pomerol, 

'Pomerol, baby vines'

‘Pomerol, baby vines’

Sauternes, Médoc, Graves … We know the names but what do these places look like? Many a famous artist have painted around Bordeaux. No one has ever painted a series about the villages and small towns.  Read the rest of this entry »

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. 



First the bad news, then some rays of hope. 

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