About Douglas Rickard

Accessing the glory from the unseen realm as an artist and writer. Douglas serves his Art Buyers, delivering imagination-infused cityscapes, inspirational verses and quotations to simple line drawings of the pet dog next door all with “depth and emotion”. The foundation of Douglas’ infusing imagination into his artwork and writing is Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language definition of the word ‘imagination’: “a power of modifying our conceptions, by combining the parts of different ones so as to form new wholes of our own creation”.

Of all the Jewels in Mayfair The Largest Diamond In The World

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring colors appear in high-end boutique windows and also on fashion adorning the denizens of New Bond Street.

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

And in this video, you’ll get a further burst of everything on the color spectrum yourself when I take you inside Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on the same street to see a 192.34-carat white diamond described as “blazing with brilliant firework-like display” as it turns in the light.

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

The largest diamond in the world

The largest diamond in the world

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16 strange sights of London

Earlier this month I went on a walking tour of London like you never have or will experience again with a bunch of YouTubers!
I recorded 16 weird, sometimes creepy but mostly beautiful of the unusual sight and sound experiences along the way during “Lumiere London”. And I added my own tongue in cheek take on each of them.
So, starting with number one, let’s go!

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife,”

1 Leicester Square Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Nightlife

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife”

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

2 Chinatown Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Flamingo Flyway

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood,”

3 Trafalgar Square Collectif Coin Child Hood

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood”

Don’t forget to take in all the sounds too in this full ten minute video above.

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle,”

4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Ron Haselden Echelle

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle”

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage,”

5 Hotel Cafe Royal Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein Voyage

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage”

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor,”

6 St Jamess Market Studio Roso Reflektor

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor”

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium,”

7 Grosvenor Square Michael Davis Illumaphonium

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium”

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium,”

8 Seven Dials Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille Aquarium

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium”

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE,”

9 South Crescent Imagination A-BIT IMMERSIVE

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE”

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope,”

10 South Crescent Simeon Nelson Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman Cosmoscope

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope”

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project,”

11 Tottenham Court Road Cirque Bijou The Umbrella Project

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project”

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets,”

12 Pearson Square Ulf Pedersen Droplets

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets”

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3,”

13 South Audley Street Simon Corder Bough 3

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3”

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes,”

14 Mount Street Gardens Atsara Mondes

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes”

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

15 Berkeley Square Cedric Le Borgne Was That a Dream

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”.

16 South Molton Street Lateral Office and CS Design Impulse

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”

 

London 2017 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

It’s my annual review of the London Christmas store windows and Christmas lights in a double length, double decker filled vlog! I choose my three favorite store windows and wind up in front of a brass band at Piccadilly Circus, having covered Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and more.

Just as iconic as travelling down the River Nile by boat, being on a red London double-decker bus going down Oxford Street.

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

Fortnum & Mason has luxurious side windows full of their wares. Hear their clock and watch the William Fortnum and Hugh Mason figures in motion in my YouTube video.

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana communicate family, tradition and celebration in their very own Harrods Christmas store windows.

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Watch them turn on the Harrods Christmas tree lights in this extra video of the occasion.

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

These 2017 Selfridges Christmas windows remind me of an old film set in wartime Britain like “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”. Walking past these windows is like watching a really British Christmas parade march past.

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

So I hope you enjoy my take on this year’s Christmas store windows all around London in my annual vlog (below)!

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

And (name misspelled of course!) at my fave Starbucks on Vigo Street with a Toffee Nut Latte, taking a break from recording!

Buying ACEOs and what you are saying

I wanted to share with you some Buyer feedback in my eBay store over the past year and what people have been saying about their ACEO art card purchases from me.

“It’s absolutely perfect, Thank you very much! ++++”

…wrote an eBay Buyer about what I call a delicate and powerful charcoal whippet portrait. Then again, let’s face it, with their speed and graceful looks, whippets are absolutely perfect after all!

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

Another eBay Buyer described my military ACEO art for the Armed Forces as…

“meaningful,”

…and this one includes Romans 13:3-4 printed on the border.

Meaningful military art ACEO

Meaningful military art ACEO

And…

“Wonderful – very pleased with multiple purchase… lovely detail and colors… fantastic artwork – high quality prints…”

…were the more than three lovely things this eBay Buyer said about these three princess ACEOs of mine.

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

So why not check out my eBay store for the ACEOs you’d choose to either gift or collect this upcoming Christmas season!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Gifts

that nose of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy

that nose of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy

From their regal seat on your lap, that new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel you know could be surrounded by any number of these as their owner is even cushioned themselves by a Cavalier King Charles throw pillow.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Throw Pillows

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Throw Pillows

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Womens Tank

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Womens Tank

My drawing, which has a graceful quality, not unlike the daintiest of Cavs, could be worn as a Cavalier King Charles Women’s Tank.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fluffy ears and big eyes

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fluffy ears and big eyes

And which color do you think suits that loyal little face on these King Charles Spaniel Women’s Fitted T-Shirts best? Heather Grey? Navy? or Asphalt?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Womens Fitted T-Shirts

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Womens Fitted T-Shirts

Charcoal - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy by Douglas Rickard

Charcoal – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy by Douglas Rickard

(A phone with one of these Cavalier King Charles iphone cases could go in one of these bags too!)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy iPhone Cases and Skins

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy iPhone Cases and Skins

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Bags

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Bags

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Notebooks

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Notebooks

Take a look at my favorite Auntie’s reaction when I gifted her just one of my ACEO cards of this drawing. I based my puppy art on Darcey who has been giving her so much as a new companion.

Top 3 Hottest T-Shirts 2017

Take a look at my top three best-selling t-shirt designs for this summer!

Boxer dog tees come third place for 2017 in my Redbubble store.

Boxer dog tees

Boxer dog tees


“Charcoal – Boxer Dog” (top to bottom) Classic T-Shirt in Asphalt | Women’s Fitted Scoop in Athletic Heather | Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Dark Grey

Look what a Buyer messaged about their recent purchase of the second best selling 2017 t-shirt design: “Finally someone has very cute Jiminy Cricket shirts! I’ll be shopping more with you!” “Charcoal and Oil – Jiminy Cricket” T-Shirt Buyer, Reno NV.

Jiminy Cricket Tees

Jiminy Cricket Tees


(top to bottom) Women’s Fitted T-Shirt in Asphalt | Men’s Graphic T-Shirt | Unisex T-Shirt in Eggplant

Donald’s better side came out on top this year and this design winged its way to become my Buyer’s favorite t-shirt for 2017!

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts


“Charcoal and Oil – Angel Donald” (top to bottom) Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Purple | Women’s Fitted Scoop T-Shirt in Navy | Classic Tee in Baby Blue

As your Blue Heeler goes everywhere, right?

Considering this companion will go everywhere you go anyway… where would you display this art? There’s a strong cotton shoulder strap to grab when you need to catch up on Blue Heeler tote bags and these charcoal color Australian Cattle Dog throw pillows won’t show quite so many paw prints.

Blue Heeler tote bags

Blue Heeler tote bags

Blue Heeler Pillows

Blue Heeler Pillows

And when you’re out overseeing some herding or just leading a walk in the park, you might want to go full Blue Heeler alpha and wear the t-shirt! Mens T-Shirts (shown below, left to right) …and not just in blue: Graphic T-Shirt | Classic T-Shirt in Baby Blue | Tri-blend T-Shirt in Green Triblend.

Blue Heeler Mens T-Shirts

Blue Heeler Mens T-Shirts

If you’re out solo, everyone is going to know of course, who’s waiting at home when you wear one of these women’s t-shirts too: (shown below, left to right) Relaxed Fit T-Shirt in Athletic Heather | Fitted Scoop T-Shirt in Navy | Fitted T-Shirt in Cranberry.

Blue Heeler Womens T-Shirts

Blue Heeler Womens T-Shirts

Now as most owners are like their dogs, or so they say, every Australian Cattle Dog owner is bound to be high-energy at work too. So why not mark your work territory on your iPhone case, wallet, laptop skin or iPad case, especially for when you’re next outdoors on the plains!

Blue Heeler iPhone cases and wallets

Blue Heeler iPhone cases and wallets

Blue Heeler Laptop Skins and iPad Cases

Blue Heeler Laptop Skins and iPad Cases

Blue Heeler Art Board

Blue Heeler Art Board

Blue Heeler stickers

Blue Heeler stickers

The most outdoorsy Blue Heeler female owners could wear this scarf at their next fancy party, complete with a sturdy looking 4ply Cattle Dog art board on display (or maybe just a large sticker of your loyal, hard-working companion on the refrigerator full of beers).

Blue Heeler Womens Scarves

Blue Heeler Womens Scarves