To which Italian city does your work take you?

Here are some sunny cityscapes that can take you away to Florence, Venice or Rome when you’re stuck at the desk!

Modern Italian Art work accessories

Modern Italian Art work accessories

(shown clockwise, left to right) Florence 2015 Macbook Air 13; Rome Medium Sticker; Venice MacBook / Pro / Retina 13” Laptop Sleeve

Modern Italian Art mugs

Modern Italian Art mugs

Modern Italian Art on the go work accessories

Modern Italian Art on the go work accessories

And you need a coffee break to start the day, right? But just where will it take you? Florence? Venice? Rome?

And if you’re often on the move and still want to carry these earthy undertones and art adorned buildings with you, then how about bringing some of these accessories along with you when you’re out on assignment… (shown clockwise, left to right) Venice Tote Bag; Florence Spiral Notebook; Rome Travel Mug

Modern Italian Art iPhone cases

Modern Italian Art iPhone cases

But just where will you be calling from exactly? Venice? Florence? Rome?

Italian Modern Art iPad cases and skins

Italian Modern Art iPad cases and skins

And of course your iPad needs to be in sync… (shown clockwise, left to right) Rome iPad Retina/3/2 – Snap Case; Rome iPad Retina/3/2 – Skin; Venice iPad Retina/3/2 – Snap Case; Florence iPad mini 2/1 – Skin

Introducing Gallery Boards

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Here’s a new range of neat, textured mat boards to collect, just perfect for my art.

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

In this new product line, my drawings are professionally printed on watercolor textured boards which have an organic ‘art studio’ look. If you display one of these on a shelf, you could almost imagine a handful of the oil pastel sticks nearby that I used!

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

They’re easy to display(with four Velcro dots included) to walls. And there are cute little square sizes too, which really work for displaying a series.

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

ACEOs 2016 Picks

My Buyers have always loved them. Affordable, perfect to display in a really, really small space, and at this time of year, can be gifted as a Halloween treat or slipped inside for plussing a Christmas card. My ACEOs are the same museum / gallery quality as full size versions. And they’re back and at new low prices too, with great combined postage and multiple purchase deals in my eBay store (where my ACEOs and art selling career all began in 2004).

So, between my recommendations and your favorites, here are 2016’s top five picks for ACEOs over five categories.

This benevolent threesome, (drawings of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather) are getting carried away with that fairy dust in one fresh full color ACEO card, that is also popular as part of a set, accompanying Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip and Maleficent.

Weddings ‘n’ Romance - Blue to Pink - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather

“Weddings ‘n’ Romance – Blue to Pink – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather”

2016, perhaps more than any year since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left us, has his powerful example been more in need. This ACEO card has phrases used in a 1967 speech drawn into MLK’s portrait.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Stick with Love

“Martin Luther King Jr. – Stick with Love”

In this U.S. election year, lifting up governing authorities in our prayers may seem even more critical; and so 1 Timothy 2:1-2 written in oil pastel within this White House drawing could make for a fitting visual reminder.

Pray for America

”Pray for America”

Now with three to choose from, a drawing of the unassuming theatre stage door of a London West End show you or a friend has seen, is going to make for a very unusual gift or keepsake. And if you’ve been to “The Lion King,” then you’ll know what magic the artists create who go through that of The Lyceum’s.

Stage Door London - Lyceum Theatre

“Stage Door London – Lyceum Theatre”

One dog owner wrote and told me how she and her bulldog Bailey both loved what she called in my eBay store feedback a “stunning picture”. Of course there are plenty more dog breeds I’ve drawn that are available as ACEOs, so this could be the time to ‘find that breed’ and pick up an inexpensive, little gift for a dog owner you know.

I Love My Bulldog

“I Love My Bulldog”

Ordinary door to a London theatre

Prince Edward Theatre London West End

Prince Edward Theatre London West End

My latest charcoal theatre drawing in the “Stage Door London” series, is a principally utilitarian looking set of doors and they open onto a principally everyday West End back street in Soho. What caught my attention though, is what appears in gold lettering above them.

Stage Door

Stage Door

London Stage Door - Prince Edward Theatre by Douglas Rickard

London Stage Door – Prince Edward Theatre by Douglas Rickard

The inscription on this carved tablet which I have drawn in charcoal, serve not only as an acknowledgement to “the world’s greatest artists,” but a promise.

Maybe you already own my “Theatre Royal Drury Lane” and “Lyceum Theatre” releases and would like this to make a solid set of three. Or perhaps this art, which is also available on theatre gifts and accessories will serve as a private recognition for your world’s very own greatest artist.

Alice in Wonderland or is it New York City

Wherever it is, it really is always tea-time in this silly corner of Central Park, set out on a few bronze mushrooms.

Who would sit on a mushroom in Central Park

Who would sit on a mushroom in Central Park

Drawing the Central Park Alice statue

Drawing the Central Park Alice statue

The Mad Hatter and the Dormouse

The Mad Hatter and the Dormouse

Alice and her cats in Wonderland

Alice and her cats in Wonderland

If you look and imagine long enough, where this 1959 José de Creeft Alice in Wonderland statue is, this is as you just might see things though.

The Cheshire Cat grin

The Cheshire Cat grin

So can you imagine this New York cityscape in your home? Would guests spot what’s hidden in the trees straight away, or might you enjoy watching their faces for a while as the lose themselves in this art, forgetting to talk as they perhaps make out this hidden Cheshire Cat face?

Alice in Wonderland statue, Central Park, New York by Douglas Rickard

Alice in Wonderland statue, Central Park, New York by Douglas Rickard

But how about I begin at the beginning (even though we’re already in the middle of this blog post)? Staring out of car windows as a little boy, I used to imagine characters travelling along outside with us, such as Edgar on his motorcycle from “The Aristocats”. So what more perfect a place could there possibly be to start “seeing things” than this whimsical dead end of a path in that maze called New York City.

As an unframed giclée direct from me, you can request a hand embellished version, layered with actual oil pastel touches, bespoke with even more hidden suprises like some special intials or a date.

Douglas Rickard talks about his Central Park New York art

Douglas Rickard talks about his Central Park New York art

You can also decorate your home, if you ever do get home, with my drawing on throw pillows or affordable larger wall art through this rabbit hole called my Redbubble store.

Alice in Wonderland gifts and shopping

Alice in Wonderland gifts and shopping

The Dormouse

The Dormouse

Remembering Manhattan in Peach, Purple and Pink

Over the years, I’ve used wilder colors and heightened those colors even more. I think when you have happy memories of a place you visited, you think of more than just what you see. And maybe you can remember one of your first visits along 5th Avenue. Wasn’t everything, yelling, jumping, singing out at you in a wonderful way? So I thought my drawing of the Metropolitan Museum deserved every fresh color out there.

New York City museums

New York City museums bit.ly/NYC-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art

Light energy filled NYC cityscape art

Light energy filled NYC cityscape art

Check out the video below where I remember my first time drawing architecture like this and how things have changed since.

NYC Fauvism

NYC Fauvism

Manhattan in Bloom - Steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Douglas Rickard

Manhattan in Bloom – Steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Douglas Rickard

You can carry this lively art on a tote bag or scarf, or as an iPhone case or throw pillow as well as extra large metal wall art and canvas art.

Drawing Drury Lane

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!

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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 Stage Door

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door