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”

 

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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.

London 2015 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

Take a look at the red London bus dashing past Knightsbridge underground station, which could almost be an icing covered Christmas cake, on its way to Oxford Street.

London Christmas lights 2015

London Christmas lights 2015

Oxford Street Christmas lights 2015

Oxford Street Christmas lights 2015

Harrods Christmas windows 2015

Harrods Christmas windows 2015

Department store windows too, are part of the sleigh ride attractions through London at Christmas. Harrods, Liberty near Carnaby Street and Fortnum and Mason made it into my Vlog for 2015. Which is your favorite?

Liberty Christmas windows 2015

Liberty Christmas windows 2015

Carnaby Street Christmas lights 2015

Carnaby Street Christmas lights 2015

Regent Street Christmas lights 2015

Regent Street Christmas lights 2015

Douglas Rickard recording a Vlog

Douglas Rickard recording a Vlog

Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows 2015

Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows 2015

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

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