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”

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MLK and how he lived

In the video below I talk about how, as an artist, I dealt with what is known as the cross-race effect when it came to my accurately representing the facial features of Dr. King in this art deco style drawing of a 1964 photo.

Martin Luther King Jr - Stick with Love by Douglas Rickard

Martin Luther King Jr – Stick with Love by Douglas Rickard

Charles Krauthammer wrote of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in “The Washington Post” that the Chinese architect who sculpted it, is famous for producing statues of Chairman Mao and commented, “His flat, rigid, socialist realist King does not do justice to the supremely nuanced, creative, humane soul of its subject.” I knew it would not be enough to draw a likeness in order to honor the civil rights leader. With a drawing especially, something more can appear within hand-applied strokes of charcoal and a selective smudge of a thumbprint. I wanted to portray Dr. King’s personality, how he lived and carried himself.

Martin Luther King Jr portrait by Douglas Rickard

Martin Luther King Jr portrait by Douglas Rickard

I hope I have represented the spirit-man if you like, of Martin Luther King Jr. even in a simple drawing such as this. Delicate touches perhaps indicate his gentility and the bold charcoal outline could acknowledge his immovable tenacity.

Stick With Love

Stick With Love

In a final flourish I intertwined phrases and words used in one of Dr. King’s 1967 speeches. Words perhaps, guests to your home, when they see this art, will take a moment or two to notice and string together. I enjoy creating art that takes a while to resonate sometimes. If you too, want to see people figure out this revolutionary sentence, and choose to remember MLK and his peaceful uprising with the help of my drawing, then how about simply grabbing a t-shirt or one of the products from my Redbubble store.

MLK

MLK

This Charles Darwin quote makes you wonder

This art could cause some kind of reaction, but that’s not a bad thing, is it?

Words of Charles Darwin

Words of Charles Darwin

At first it might take a few moments to even work out how these groups of words in this quote from Charles Darwin are connected, it’s almost as if there’s the possibility of jumping to the wrong clause because you could kind of see the link. But it does make total sense when his heavy words are read in the order in which Charles Darwin said them. They evolve into this ‘deathbed’ sentence.

Darwin quotation

Darwin quotation

Charles Darwin religion quote

Charles Darwin religion quote

What we see here is Charles Darwin almost writing his conclusion about life because he said this, near the very end of his own. And there’s a heaviness to his face, because it’s almost like a warning, saying that whatever you say or do in life, make sure it’s not what you may regret when you look back in your final hour.

Charles Darwin portrait

Charles Darwin portrait

Watch this video where I talk about this quotation reminding us, (or someone to whom your gifting this art, available on a range of Darwin products), that our words can have a lasting effect.

Darwin T-Shirts

Darwin T-Shirts

Charles Darwin Quotes - Wonder Over Everything by Douglas Rickard

Charles Darwin Quotes – Wonder Over Everything by Douglas Rickard

Picture Quote Source: Charles Robert Darwin. “Darwin on His Deathbed” (“Christian Reader’s Digest,” December 1941; reprinted from “Christian Witness,” 147 Commonwealth St., Sydney, Australia), p. 24. William J. Federer, “America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations” (FAME Publishing, Inc., 820 S. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 105-220, Coppell, TX 75019-4214, 1994) Charles Robert Darwin, p. 199.

William Bradford and Squanto

William Bradford and Squanto

William Bradford and Squanto

“[A]bout four or five days after, came… the aforesaid Squanto… [He] continued with them and was their interpreter and was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation. He showed them how to plant corn, where to take fish and other commodities, and guided them to unknown places, and never left them till he died.” (1)

The Mayflower

The Mayflower

William Bradford had just lost his wife overboard the Mayflower into the freezing waters off Cape Cod, having fled persecution not only in his home of England but Holland as well. And this was after voyaging 66 days across the Atlantic in an overcrowded ship. And now other Christians who’d journeyed with him were dying due to the cruel conditions.

William Bradford and the Mayflower Compact

William Bradford and the Mayflower Compact

Squanto and Plymouth Massachusetts

Squanto and Plymouth Massachusetts

Arriving recently too in Massachusetts, Tisquantum or “Squanto,” had returned to his home, after having been kidnapped, then rescued by friars in Europe. Only he discovered his entire Patuxet tribe had died of contagious diseases.

The life of Squanto

The life of Squanto

I’m amazed how these two men’s paths crossed; one Pilgrim, one Native American. I imagine how it must have seemed that all was lost to both of them. But on that bleak ship in sight of the cold bay before them and what ahead of what would be a terrible winter, William Bradford added his signature to the Mayflower Compact. It would be called the foundation of the United States Constitution by President John Adams. And then with spring, came Squanto, teaching William Bradford and his company to hunt and fish and plant in this new, free land for them, even speaking their native language English.

William Bradford by Douglas Rickard

William Bradford by Douglas Rickard

Mayflower Pilgrim drawing in progress

Mayflower Pilgrim drawing in progress

What a significant friendship these seminal figures of early America, two diverse Christian brothers must have had. I’ve drawn their portraits as stylized oil pastel illustrations which you can purchase as signed giclées, Pilgrim wall art and history themed stationery too, and not just at Thanksgiving!

Plymouth settlement

Plymouth settlement

Pilgrim Fathers Scrooby

Pilgrim Fathers Scrooby

Quote Source:
(1) William Bradford. March 16, 1621. William Bradford (Governor of Plymouth Colony), “The History of Plymouth Plantation 1608-1650” (Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856; Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter Printing Company, 1898, 1901, from the Original Manuscript, Library of Congress Rare Book Collection, Washington, D.C.; rendered in Modern English, Harold Paget, 1909; NY: Russell and Russell, 1968; NY: Random House, Inc., Modern Library College edition, 1981; San Antonio, TX: American Heritage Classics, Mantle Ministries, 228 Still Ridge, Bulverde, Texas, 1988), pp. 79-80. “The Annals of America”, 20 Vols. (Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968), Vol. 1, p. 66. Marshall Foster and Mary-Elaine Swanson, “The American Covenant – The Untold Story” (Roseburg, OR: Foundation for Christian Self-Government, 1981; Thousand Oaks, CA: The Mayflower Institute, 1983, 1992), p. 28. William J. Federer, “America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations” (FAME Publishing, Inc., 820 S. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 105-220, Coppell, TX 75019-4214, 1994) William Bradford, p.66

1776 Gifts for History Buffs

Along with his quote from 1776 in oil pastel, my charcoal portrait of the second President can now be ordered on laptop sleeves, spiral notebooks, t-shirts and many more patriotic gifts in my Redbubble store.

1776 gifts

1776 gifts

Check out this video below and find out why I really believe these words in red and blue on white truly are representative of this Declaration of Independence signer!

John Adams - Freedom by Douglas Rickard

John Adams – Freedom by Douglas Rickard

 

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.

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