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, warm yourself, enjoy
GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d


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).

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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, 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?



First prize, an invitation to go sailing.

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d


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.



Newly added to my ‘Sunset’ series be dazzled by page
“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.


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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August 5th, 2018
Albi, 37.5 C (99.5 F) here yesterday in the Tarn according to my car, une canicule.
A day in and around nearby beautiful, gourmet, Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage city.   



The ‘Old Quarter’ near the cathedral is particularly noted for its restaurants and fine cloths and jewellery shops.

Albi city

Albi, bird’s eye view

Albi has a surprising connection with the sea.

The city was the home of Laperouse, the French answer to Captain James Cook.

Laperouse entering Botany Bay


Laperouse entering Botany Bay, ”

Lapérouse and the First Fleet” measures 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), oils,  available, £3000. ex studio, ex frame.

There is a small but excellent museum dedicated to Laperouse voyage and a world class Toulouse-Lautrec museum.

I was invited to a late evening ‘terrace’ dinner with vegan Israeli friends.
Delicious foods, lively varied conversations in 4 languages two of which I more or less understood, great company.
My grateful thanks to my host and hostess, to Ellen Rose and her friend Mia for the introduction.
I hope you were equally fortunate?

Queen’s Wine

August 2nd, 2018

The Queen’s Wine; “du vignoble de Gaillac”, at Domaine de la Chanade. 

Domaine de la Chanade

Domaine de la Chanade, note the olive trees

A chance invitation, a new friend and the Queen’s wine. 

The Queen's Wine, Galien.

The Queen’s Wine, Galien.

A chance encounter in Intermarche, Gaillac, the first day I arrived here in the Tarn, well actually one of 4, the other 3 were all people who remembered me, touched my heart, pleased to see I’d returned.

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Chateau de Saurs

July 30th, 2018

The chateau, besides fine wines and beautiful gardens for you to enjoy, has a light airy exhibition space.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the owner of chateau de Saurs who’s company I always enjoy.

Chateau de Saurs

Chateau de Saurs

We may go sketching together some time soon if it’s not to hot.

Later, several other domain owners during the day. It’s about wine (not interesting for you?), painting and exhibitions.

I painted de Saurs a couple of years back.

Chateau de Saurs detail

Chateau de Saurs detail

More when I know more …