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Mayke, célébration de mémoires et expressions

May 31, 2021 in ART

J’ai de tristes nouvelles de La Suyère, Mayke nous a quitté après une ultime bataille. Sur cette page elle nous laisse avec des souvenirs et images si typiques de son être.

Mayke forever, a celebration of memories and expressions

May 31, 2021 in ART

Mayke has departed after a long valiant battle. In this post I have sought to illustrate with photos of her times, the great, the good but mostly the expressions so typical of her being.

Mayke Sassen – Publications Articles Images

October 17, 2019 in ART

Quelque publications & articles  & images – Que dit-on que voit-on à propos de Mayke Sassen / Some publications and articles about Mayke Sassen: Dans “Le Guide des Galeries” de […]

Perspectives & Retrospective – Mayke Sassen

October 14, 2019 in Available Art, Merchant Lane

Perspectives in Retrospective – exhibition at the 17th century setting of Chapelle Saint Jean in our village of La Garde Freinet invited by the township’s Association of Artists. 🇫🇷 Perspectives en Retrospective – L’été dernier à l’invitation des Amis de La Chapelle Saint Jean et l’Association des Artistes de La Garde Freinet j’ai exposé une retrospective d’oeuvres dans ce site extraordinaire du 17ème siècle.

Mayke 2016 work and exhibition

September 17, 2016 in ART

Here is Mayke’s 2016 work under the theme “Henri & Mathilda”. Her exhibition at the Gallery Sens Interieur is now on with a retrospective of some of her prior year works. Enjoy

Adventures continue : discovering Sicily and Apulia

August 28, 2016 in Postings from the Mountain

🇬🇧 No, we have not turned our backs to the sea ! Quite to the contrary we are engaging it from a new perspective.
🇫🇷 Non, nous n’avons pas tourné le dos à la mer, nous l’engageons dans une nouvelle perspective.

L’Exposition “Moi-je” de 2015

August 28, 2015 in ART

🇫🇷 L’exposition 2015 de Mayke à la Galerie Sens Intérieur est d’un grand cru, c’est un retour à son expression intégrant l’abstrait et le figuratif, travaillant texture et profondeur avec une perspective qui lui est propre qui me rappelle certains de ses tableaux de la période Port Grimaud.

Mayke’s 2015 “Moi-je” Exhibition

August 24, 2015 in ART, Mayke's 2015 Exhibition

2015 is a “grand cru” of Mayke’s work, returning to some of her basics with that ability to meld the abstract with the figurative expressed with depth and texture.
Then again her work theme this year is in short “Moi-je”. “Moi-je” that “id”expression form the French language possess in a sort of innate, instinctive, often impulsive “me, I”

Starquest, a Tale for All Ages

September 6, 2014 in ART

STARQUEST is a tale of witches and angels in quest of … you will chuckle and smile then laugh yourself silly trying to explain to your child why it is so funny.

Mayke’s 2014 Exhibition

September 6, 2014 in ART

Much the inspiration driving Mayke this year started with our incredible road trip across the United States in an Airstream Land Yacht. If the “yacht” notion took us back to our blue water sailing days this time the waypoints were more constrained, beginning south of Tampa Florida across the southern states to Big Sur south of San Francisco.

Mayke’s 2013 exhibition

January 1, 2014 in 2013 Exhibition overview

2013 Exhibition Overview Cliquez sur une photo pour le visualiser ou lancer le diaporama Click on a photo for viewing or to begin the slideshow Pas reçu le dernier “Ebats […]

s/v Sean Seamour II photo-history

August 12, 2013 in SEA

If you look at the photo of our life-raft on the side of the mountain of water it is hard to imagine, but to put these incredible 70+ foot wave in perspective : Hurricane Grace in 1991 led to book and movie “A Perfect Storm” had averaged waves of 37 to 50 feet and rogue waves hitting 100 feet. Sub Tropical Storm Andrea that led to our demise had waves that averaged 70 feet with rogues waves much higher!

As the woodshed becomes cottage

June 1, 2013 in Postings from the Mountain

The woodshed has been one of my big projects, one that has waited years in quest of a driving inspiration that occurs when the creative ideas crystalize into a master […]

A Storm Too Soon, a true story by Michael Tougias

January 25, 2013 in SEA

Michael Tougias’ newest best selling true story 
of our disaster, survival, 
and incredible rescue titled “A Storm Too Soon”’ is missing pictures in the hard cover first print run so I have scoured years of old computers to reconstitute a photo-history of s/v Sean Seamour II, it is a work in progress but have a look, much of our ordeal is related through stills of the video the US Coast Guard.

A long journey

September 30, 2012 in Postings from the Mountain

Maria Elizabeth (Betty) Buehler de Lutz was born on December 10, 1921 in Oberachern, near Baden-Baden, Germany. She immigrated to the United States with her parents Sophie and Gustav Buehler in 1928, and lived in Fort Plain in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York.

Negotiating Bridges on the Inter-coastal Waterway

January 15, 2012 in SEA

We escaped the nor-easter by navigating our way up the inter-coastal waterway – a challenges in and of it’s own when attention to the depth-sounder was disturbed by overhead obstacles beyond our sailing culture – Navigating northbound on the inter-coastal waterway brought new challenges the multitude of bridges … competing for the limited space above the top of our mast

And humor, there must be humor

October 10, 2011 in ART, Postings from the Atelier, There must be humor

I am constantly sketching, drawing stamps in which I concentrate the story or image floating elusively in my mind. Whether it is laughing at my work or the situations that surround […]

An Electrifying Experience

February 14, 2011 in An Electrifying Experience, SEA

s/v Sean Seamour III has a new master and destiny, vive Seanee IV. If I never attained the dream of a green Seanee with electric propulsion s/v Sean Seamour IV made her Mediterranean debut this summer after 40 years on the Baltic Sea. Built in 1970 in the true tradition of the Nordic Folkboat, Seanee IV is clinker built wooden sloop originally designed in 1942 about to be modernized with electric propulsion…

Atelier de la Suyere 2010 work

October 9, 2010 in ART

The ferry leaving Mindelo Cape Verde with the dayworkers bound for Sao Anton across the straight, a morning and evening event. Overladed with passengers hanging on over the gunwale with […]

Equipage du HH-60 médaillé pour le sauvetage du 7 mai

November 30, 2009 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Sean Seamour II log of events

🇫🇷 C'est confirmé, les quatre membres de l'équipage du HH-60 des Gardes Côtes (US Coast Guards) seront médaillés le 19 décembre pour l'extraordinare sauvetage de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II

Epitaphe du Sean Seamour II

November 22, 2009 in Epitaphe pour Sean Seamour II, L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Postings from the Atelier

🇫🇷 Après le tableau de Mayke “Widow Walk du Camp de la Suyère”, si prémonitoire des évènements du 7 mai, une résignation silencieuse envahie sa vision de Sean Seamour II qui repose au fond de la Fosse de Hatteras, un épitaphe et une immortalisation qui permet à notre créativité de rebondir et à une nouvelle aventure d'émerger

Epitaph for the Sean Seamour II

November 10, 2009 in Epitaph for Sean Seamour II, SEA

The storm has subsided, Seanee as we always affectionately called her for me, him for Mayke, lies at rest 2500 leagues deep in the Hatteras Trench. I singled out this part of Mayke’s rendering of Seanee at rest for the artist within her still sees blue sky from the depths as the epitaph reads “met a rogue wave on the seventh of May 2007”. The full painting lies below.

Of my battles of human history

August 16, 2009 in ART

This new posting celebrates two events, the inauguration of the Gallery Suyère close to my Atelier and my most recent …

Sur Mes Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine

August 15, 2009 in ART


A Final Lesson Learned from Sean Seamour II

August 14, 2009 in A Final Lesson Learned from Sean Seamour II

Just one year ago today a rogue wave estimated between 80 and 120 feet high pounced upon Sean Seamour II …

Next generation Sassen : Viviane Sassen honored with the Prix de Rome award

August 14, 2009 in ART, Postings from the Atelier

Viviane Sassen honored with the highly coveted Prix de Rome award for her unique contribution to the art of photography

Stars Are Made In Heaven – Witches Are Not

August 13, 2009 in ART

A humoristic book of illustrations about witches and angels with laughs and stories for all ages For a slideshow presentation or just a visualization of the illustrations click on the […]

Death’s Door by Doug Campbell

August 12, 2009 in SEA

Death's Door in Soundings November magazine by Douglas A. Campbell Senior Writer is the story of Sean Seamour II rescue and a glimpse at the investigation regarding the malfunction and duplication by cloning of the ACR EPIRB hexadecimal code that almost cost the life of the crew

The widow walk of Camp de la Suyere, awaiting Sean Seamour

June 28, 2009 in The widow walk of Camp de la Suyere

From my mountain top half a world away I felt sub-tropical storm Andrea brew then explode, Camp de la Suyere became my widow walk, canvas my only connection to …

Video du sauvetage de l’équipage du Sean Seamour II

May 19, 2009 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Video du sauvetage des trois membres de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II en face du Cap Hatteras le 7 mai dernier, a peine une minutes des 30 disponibles… dans des creux de plus de 20mètres (70 pieds)

Sean Seamour II rescue video

May 19, 2009 in Sean Seamour II rescue video

I have uploaded the Sean Seamour II rescue video edited by NOAA for the COSPAS SARSAT 25th anniversary conference at the State Department in Washington D.C.

About me

March 22, 2009 in About me

I paint from a passion to get to know who and where I am.
I once had a dream, I was on stage giving a brilliant performance.
At the end, I noticed that the curtain had been closed during the session.
I want to open that curtain and share.

A mon propos

March 20, 2009 in ART

Je peins, mue par la passion de découvrir qui et où je suis.
Je vis un rêve : je suis sur scène délivrant une brillante performance.
A la chute, je remarque que le rideau est resté fermé.
Je souhaite l’ouvrir et partager

s/v Sean Seamour II – the final log entry

February 13, 2009 in s/v Sean Seamour II - the final log entry, SEA

This is the log of actions and events driven by the only subsequently named Sub-tropical Storm Andrea, leading to the sinking of s/v Sean Seamour II and the successful rescue of its entire crew on the early morning of May 7th 2007.

Récit du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

February 13, 2009 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, SEA

(extraits du magazine Voiles et Voiliers # 438) Jean-Pierre quitte la Floride avec deux équipiers à bord de son Océanis 44 CC, direction Gibraltar. Après quatre jours de mer, au large du Cap Hatteras, l’équipage doit faire face à un coup de vent bien plus fort que prévu.

Mayke Sassen – some of my older work

July 10, 2008 in ART

At the request of many interested in my earlier work I have begun to post photos here … there are few dur to youthful insouciance, none from Japan, a few from Nigeria and of course some of my commissions.

EPIRB / GPIRB issue update

May 28, 2008 in SEA

Photo: my GPIRB that did not & could not fulfill its vital life saving function and its clone manufactured two years later. This alert seems to have gone somewhat unnoticed until focused their attention on the issue. I have sought to inform the mariner community worldwide to check the EPIRB/GPIRB registrations in postings in various forums.

The Greening of Sean Seamour III

May 21, 2008 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Sean Seamour II log of events

The Green Boat Adventure seeks to define a new art of “green sailing” with the ultimate objective of totally eliminating fossil fuels from our sailboats in favor of a total dependence on renewable energies.

Security notice to all mariners

May 7, 2008 in SEA

On this anniversary of the loss of Sean Seamour II and the traumatic experience of clinging to a life raft in seventy foot seas with the belief that no help is on the way I call on all mariners to read and consider appropriate measures to avoid our predicament (in photo side by side the original GPIRB and the clone manufactured with the same serial number close to two years later).

Note de sécurité à tous les navigateurs

May 7, 2008 in SEA

🇫🇷 Photo : ma balise et le clone fabriqué deux ans plus tard. L’expérience traumatique de se cramponner à un radeau de survie dans des creux de plus de vingt mètres, persuadés qu’aucun secours n’arrivera, m’amène à alerter tous navigateurs à lire et prendre les mesures nécessaires pour éviter que ce drame se reproduise.

Yet another award for USCG Swimmer Drew Dazzo

February 15, 2008 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Sean Seamour II log of events

US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Drew Dazzo is once again awarded for the extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew by the Naval Helicopter Association

US Coast Guard HH-60 crew receives award for May 7th rescue

November 30, 2007 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Sean Seamour II log of events

US Coast Guard HH-60 crew members will receive awards for the extraordinary rescue of the crew of s/v Sean Seamour II last May 7th. The vessel caught in a sub-tropical depression subsequently named Andrea, was further battered by a rogue wave.

US Coast Guard crews honored by her Majesty’ services after saving Sean Seamour II crew

August 9, 2007 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II, Sean Seamour II log of events

The US Coast Guard crews (HH-60 and C-130) are the true heroes of the day for their extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew. The HH-60 crew is to be recognized (we hope and are pushing) by both the Canadian and US governments for their courage and valor.

Les services de la Reine d’Angleterre honorent les équipages du HH-60 et C-130 des Coast Guard

August 9, 2007 in L'histoire de Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Les deux équipages du HH-60 et C-130 qui ont assurés le sauvetage de Sean Seamour II sont honorés par les services de la Reine d'Angleterre, l'équipage du HH-60 sera reconnu par les deux gouvernements du Canada et Etats Unis pour leur prouesse et courage.

Action summary for the US Coast Guard rescue of Sean Seamour II’ crew

August 8, 2007 in Sean Seamour II log of events

The US Coast Guard action report on the Sean Seamour II rescue is another extraordinary demonstration of valor and courage, the parallel between Kevin Costner' The Guardian is not limited to Comdr. Smith' role as co-pilot, here again the winch cable…

Rapport d’activité US Coast Guard – Sean Seamour II

August 8, 2007 in SEA

🇫🇷 Le rapport d’activité des US Coast Guards dans le sauvetage de l’équipage de Sean Seamour II est édifiant, le parallèle avec le film de Kevin Costner The Guardian ne se limite pas au Commandant Smith qui joue le rôle du copilote, ici encore le cable du treuil…

The circuitous routes to my inspiration: how “Four Girls” came to be

August 8, 2007 in Postings from the Atelier

Mayke Sassen shares another of her new works and its source of inspiration “Four Girls”, a preview with a story.

Leçons tirées du naufrage du Sean Seamour II

August 6, 2007 in Leçons tirées du naufrage de Sean Seamour II, SEA

🇫🇷 Dans l'attente du récit sur le naufrage de Sean Seamour II qui sera publié sur mon blog à la mi-août et en pensant à tous ceux qui préparent leurs croisières ou traversées cet automne sur la route du sud, je livre déjà les leçons tirées de mon mon naufrage du 7 mai dernier

Lessons learned – don’t leave port without them

August 6, 2007 in Lessons learned – don’t leave port without them

After the sinking of Sean Seamour II during Andrea many have asked me to publish my lessons learned from this harrowing experience, I encourage all fellow mariners to read these ten points.

Mayke Sassen – Atelier and Current Work

July 4, 2007 in ART, Postings from the Atelier

It took well over a year to transfer from the Luberon back to the Golfe de Saint Tropez, now that the Atelier Camp de la Suyère is built and filling up with new works it was time to create a new website window “Atelier and Current Work, have a peak…