From the farthest darkness… Snow White Castle

From the farthest darkness of ebony oil pastel looms thunder clouds, but in this drawing they simply frame the outline of Snow White’s face. Even if you didn’t immediately recognize the Prince’s faraway castle from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the subtle signs in the sky are sure to lead you to the fairest of princesses.

Clouds of rose red diamond and blue reveal sleeves of Snow White

Clouds of rose red diamond and blue reveal sleeves of Snow White

Even the snow clouds cannot hide the ebony hair of Snow White

Even the snow clouds cannot hide the ebony hair of Snow White

But hold, that’s not all, clouds of rose red diamond and royal blue could reveal her iconic sleeves too. This looming royal residence in the clouds is actually just my drawing of the three and a quarter inch, Walt Disney Classics Collection “Enchanted Places” ornament.

Castle of Snow White by Douglas Rickard

Castle of Snow White by Douglas Rickard

The prince's castle for Snow White

The prince’s castle for Snow White

A fairytale castle

A fairytale castle

So why don’t you come with me away to his castle, tell me how much to turn your clouds silver lined, and for you, buying direct from me, I can hand embellish with real oil pastel a special Numbered Limited Edition bespoke version of 37. Otherwise there’s a mine of over seven other products from phone cases to throw pillows and already framed art at my Redbubble shop to choose from.

Snow White castle tote bag

Snow White castle tote bag

Snow White castle framed art

Snow White castle framed art

Snow White Castle

Snow White Castle

Disney Cinderella 2015 Costumes Props and Premiere London

Disney Cinderella 2015 Props and Costumes from Pinewood Studios

Disney Cinderella 2015 Props and Costumes from Pinewood Studios

Disney Cinderella Swarovski Exhibition London

Disney Cinderella Swarovski Exhibition London

Cinderella 2015 Cate Blanchett Arrival Gown by Sandy Powell

Cinderella 2015 Cate Blanchett Arrival Gown by Sandy Powell

More exhilarating and touching than I ever dreamed, Disney’s 2015 “Cinderella” moved me so very much and seemed to so lovingly, embellish upon Walt Disney’s animated film with which I grew up. And there, in the middle of Leicester Square appeared a tent transporting me to a pixie dust filled Disney theme park quality experience, so you can anticipate the “oh my gosh” moments in the videos below, where I take you along for the ride with me!

Cinderella Rags Costume

Cinderella Rags Costume

Cinderella 2015 Helena Bonham Carter Fairy Godmother Costume

Cinderella 2015 Helena Bonham Carter Fairy Godmother Costume

Douglas Rickard at the Cinderella Props and Costumes Exhibition Tour London

Douglas Rickard at the Cinderella Props and Costumes Exhibition Tour London

Cinderella 2015 Sandy Powell Ballroom Costumes

Cinderella 2015 Sandy Powell Ballroom Costumes

Sandy Powell Dress Sophie McShera Drisella Costume

Sandy Powell Dress Sophie McShera Drisella Costume

Cinderella 2015 Swarovski Glass Slipper

Cinderella 2015 Swarovski Glass Slipper

Cinderella 2015 Sandy Powell Dress

Cinderella 2015 Sandy Powell Dress

Cinderella 2015

Cinderella 2015

And what’s more, I was able to see the talented actors arrive in that same square for London’s premiere. And my favorite scene in the new movie? Where the chased coach turns back into a pumpkin. But, and yes, another “oh my gosh,” the final words spoken by Ella to her Stepmother has to be one of the scenes so potent, it will secure this beautiful film’s place in the world to come… happily ever after.

Sophie McShera at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Sophie McShera at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Holliday Grainger at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Holliday Grainger at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Lily James blue carpet during Cinderella UK Premiere

Lily James blue carpet during Cinderella UK Premiere

Helena Bonham Carter at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Helena Bonham Carter at Disney Cinderella 2015 London Premiere

Douglas Rickard and friend at the Cinderella Premiere in London

Douglas Rickard and friend at the Cinderella Premiere in London

Why is this phrase identified with Einstein

We know this isn’t the clinical definition. When people take hold of this, they’re challenging themselves not to be foolish in their own lives when it comes to achieving a goal or overcoming something.

Albert Einstein brain

Albert Einstein brain

Even though it’s just modern day culture that identifies this popular quote with him, do you think it’s based upon wisdom the Jewish physicist Albert Einstein would have indeed followed? “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I think it actually synchronizes with this Hebrew proverb in Mishlei – Proverbs 31:26, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”

Albert Einstein pictures by Douglas Rickard

Albert Einstein pictures by Douglas Rickard

So if you agree, then why not get this art for yourself? It could be a fine art version of an internet meme (also available on other products) that you can display in your home; or maybe as a gift for someone you know is always tweeting or sharing motivational phrases on Facebook (I can instantly think of a few people already, I don’t know about you).

Can you think of someone who knows they need a reminder not to keep going around in circles? This is a phrase used in many motivational speeches and even sermons today. I think there’s useful instruction and wisdom behind this sentence and it’s something Albert Einstein would have agreed with and even said himself. This quotation simply could have been passed from person to person by word of mouth. That is the whole nature of memes, phrases circulated around with pictures.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Perhaps you’d want to install this attitude of “keep trying something new to achieve a goal” into a place of learning, even it’s just the room where homework gets done, or a business you know where it’s encouraged to think out of the box.

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

Charcoal - Cane Corso by Douglas Rickard

Charcoal – Cane Corso 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.”

Charcoal and Oil - Happy by Douglas Rickard

Charcoal and Oil – Happy by Douglas Rickard

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!

Dickens and Christmas by Douglas Rickard

Dickens and Christmas by Douglas Rickard

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