Cane Corso – beast of a dog, with the heart of the family nanny

Have you heard how the menacing looking Italian Mastiff is such a softy at home, that if a child was getting scolded, this protective Molosser would even put themselves between the little one and the parent, as a shield!

Italian Mastiff art

Italian Mastiff art

Check out the video below in which I talk about that nature of the Italian Mastiff, and why I think those characteristics must melt the heart of any dog lover and even, not dog lover too.

If you own an Italian Mastiff otherwise known as the Cane Corso, what do you think? Have I captured that kindness in the eyes, behind all that strength, fur and broad muzzle? As well as signed giclée, Cane Corso art prints direct from me, you also have the option to buy my drawing of a loved and loving dog on larger wall art, phone cases and fittingly home décor and kids’ clothes.

Buy Cane Corso gifts

Buy Cane Corso gifts

Cane Corso drawing by Douglas Rickard

Cane Corso drawing by Douglas Rickard

Come On, Get Happy

In 1995 the Walt Disney Classics Collection released these pieces sculpted by Kent Melton from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” I think they’re the most perfect three dimensional representation of Walt’s animated film. And imagine how we are able to keep and display this princess figurine and those seven somewhat shorter sculptures in our cottages or castles today, 77 years after that Disney masterpiece premiered.

7 dwarfs drawings

7 dwarfs drawings

the Seven Dwarfs pictures

the Seven Dwarfs pictures

This is my mixed media drawing of just one, Happy’s the name and I’ve made him available as a Numbered Limited Edition of 37, the year, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released, in three giclee print versions and a somewhat shorter 2.5” x 3.5” ACEO card.

pictures of the seven dwarfs

pictures of the seven dwarfs

Happy

Happy

For details, check out “Charcoal and Oil – Happy – Numbered Limited Edition.”

The meaning behind vintage style art, for a Dickensian Christmas

I drew this snowy Dickens portrait, perfect for Christmas, in oil pastel, then using a high-resolution scan, digitally added the author to the rest of my wintry, picture quote composite.

Oil pastel portrait of Charles Dickens

Oil pastel portrait of Charles Dickens

In the art print, which is of more than one separate drawing surrounded by holly and red berries, I portrayed my version of a 19th century Illustration, perhaps what Charles Dickens himself might have pictured, when he shared this line on earth, for us, over 170 Christmases ago “for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself”.

Redrawing vintage Christmas illustrations

Redrawing vintage Christmas illustrations

Santa Claus art

Santa Claus art

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus

Take a look at the video below in which I explain the reasons why I think December 25th and even Santa Claus should be as significant today as they were in Victorian times!

Drawing Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door

What an assemblage of performers has gone through either this or previous incarnations of this entry way (known as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage door) right here dating back to the 1600s. David Garrick, Ginger Rogers, Nijinsky, Grimaldi and the legendry successful actor Edmund Keen who in 1814 walked from Plymouth (where I’m from) to perform on his opening night!

Do you still remember the performance of someone here? They came in and out of this door on Russell Street. While this may not be a drawing of the actual production you saw, just seeing this flowery side door is just a way to remind you of that special night out, and who you saw. Or maybe it’s something to spur you on to go to the theatre again. But don’t leave it too late, this 9.5” x 13” size which fits in store bought frames for 8” x 10” pictures is an edition of only 24.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Perfect present for Russian Wolfhound homes

Of all the dog breeds to be able to draw, the Russian Wolfhound has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The form and movement of the noble borzoi just lends itself to a flowing delineated charcoal.

And the style of my borzoi drawing and the tiny size of one of the prints, connects this art in a way, to the history of Russian Wolfhounds.

Borzoi

Borzoi

Don’t be silly, be Dopey

I won’t make a fuss, but my work that went into the ‘untidy,’ half charcoal and half oil pastel drawing of this little man opened a little door for me to exhibit at Disney dealer events over the past five years.

I hope you will take a moment to watch me explain how this came about; the possible sea-faring inspiration for my mixed media style, and the reveal of my second of the Seven Dwarfs I’m about to release as a Limited Edition Art Print.

Dopey Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dopey Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dopey Dwarf

Dopey Dwarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First photo: Behold, the 2.5” x 3.5” “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey” ACEO card. Second photo: Iridescent white mixed with orange ochre oil pastel touches to a Limited Edition version (top); my Art Buyer’s photos of his display including the 2002 Fall Premiere Event, Walt Disney Classics Collection piece, “Bedazzled,” by Chris Peterson (above center); at a Castle China event (below center) and the 13” x 19” (inch) “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey” fine art print (bottom).

Dopey drawing by Douglas Rickard

Dopey drawing by Douglas Rickard

For details, check out “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey.”

Seeing the special in French Bulldogs

My seeing something ‘more’ like the shadowy hues of blue on white fur, appear as a classic almost Wedgwood tone in my strong-outlined and pastel-colored, new portrait of a Frenchie.

Douglas Rickard French Bulldog art print

Douglas Rickard French Bulldog art print

French Bulldog drawing in progress

French Bulldog drawing in progress

Just today I spotted one of these popular breeds chasing after, and retrieving a Frisbee; an exploit which makes me realize despite looking a little pug-like, French Bulldogs have a very different temperament. (The pug I know, would just happily watch a Frisbee.)

But what I’m also ‘seeing’ through the desirable personality traits specific to one dog breed and yet another characteristic nature always part of another breed, is something fun yet profound. As I explain in the video below, I like to think that the “Creator of all those reliable companions known as Frenchies,” inserted a touch of His nature in them, and that’s a reason why so many of us appreciate man’s best friend.

French Bulldog art

French Bulldog art