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Concept sketches

Concept sketch, what is that😶?

Mauretania, Liverpool
Mauretania, concept sketch 1
Many of my most famous paintings started as concept sketches.
I’ll write more on this interesting subject over the coming month🙂.
In brief, a concept sketch can be anything from a ‘doodle’ to a near finished drawing, produced to explore ideas, composition and tones for a possible painting and very helpful when discussing a possible commission🙂.
Liverpool
Mauretania, concept sketch 2

During this week I dived 🐬into my archives for Trafalgar and PQ 13 information. I reviewed numerous concept sketches and thought you might like to see the two attached, both Liverpool waterfront scenes.
 
The Liverpool waterfront is currently a topical, controversial subject.
Liverpool waterfront
Liverpool docks today
I have a modest collection of ‘period’ Liverpool waterfront pictures.
This is just as well as you may have heard, Liverpool’s new waterfront buildings have lost the city it’s UNESCO world heritage status.
 
The sketches lead to a fine painting, actually as you may recall, I’m very familiar with Liverpool.
These concept sketches were for a commission.
The small craft and other details are all correct for the period.
 
The picture sold well as a limited edition published by Solomon & Whitehead.
I have only 5 copies remaining available.
 
The website page is https://frickers.co.uk/art/marine-art/shipping-for-the-professionals/the-mauretania-cunard-express-liner/ 🙂⚓
Frickers
This Gordon Frickers art signature is on all my more recent paintings.