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Hag Sameah

Monday, 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.


The Pittsburgh massacre

Wednesday, 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. 


Fete du Vin

Tuesday, 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. =
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…/entre-…/fete-de-musique-sauveterre/ or via my blog.
Very good wines there too, hence the fame …

GF-Sig-Dear-Joe d

Vivid Sunsets

Saturday, 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


Thursday, 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. 


Saint Emilion, Vines

Saturday, 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

Sunday, 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


Thursday, 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

Monday, 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


Sunday, 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?