Maleficent – a sculpture and drawing, Angelina in the flesh, the movie, props and costumes

Creating the new, (such as the Disney “Maleficent” movie, or my own drawing of that “Evil Enchantress”) while preserving the essence of the old. I used heavy, black charcoal strokes and just four types of green in my latest “Where Pictures Shine” release, a Numbered Limited Edition of 24.

Four Caran d'Ache Neopastel colors used in Maleficent art by Douglas Rickard

Four Caran d’Ache Neopastel colors used in Maleficent art by Douglas Rickard

Drawing Maleficent by Douglas Rickard

Drawing Maleficent by Douglas Rickard

Walt Disney Classics Collection Maleficent figurine by Kent Melton

Walt Disney Classics Collection Maleficent figurine by Kent Melton

I think that I have captured not only Kent Melton’s 1999 Walt Disney Classic Collection 10” piece with this minimalist portrait; but also I hope, the original Marc Davis “Sleeping Beauty” animated character, which the sculpture brought from two dimensions to three, before I brought it back again, to a line drawing.

Maleficent Numbered Limited Edition Art by Douglas Rickard

Maleficent Numbered Limited Edition Art by Douglas Rickard

Maleficent art

Maleficent art

In “Maleficent” Angelina Jolie channels the 1950s movie villainess’ ink and paint, especially when she smiles. She actually gave me a wave you know, (along with a dozen others) on her way in for a “Maleficent” costume event at Kensington Palace. Fortunately I saw that exhibit later… (outside royal grounds).

The palace scenery for me, in “Maleficent” was even more breathtaking than the magical moors. Modernist colors in “Sleeping Beauty” bled out from those stylized characters in the medieval Walt Disney story. In “Maleficent,” the richest, seemingly ancient and long-lost colors surround you in three dimensions, literally, depending upon which screening you choose.

“Maleficent” wonders why King Stefan and even Flora, Fauna and Merryweather already knew the uninvited fairy would be bad news. It’s fascinating to trek into what could have been their pasts. But as even Angelina Jolie said “there is not just simply good and bad,” I wished the good weren’t painted quite so simply bad in this story.

The actors with their amazing costumes, even the crowds in the castle halls reminded me of realistic illustrations of fairy tales by Eric Winter in original British Ladybird books; a delight to behold. But I enjoyed the live-action re-interpreting of, and nods to, the original “Sleeping Beauty” animated movie most, whether it be a cottage, a lopsided cake or an edge of your seat Christening exchange.

Maleficent Aurora's cradle

Maleficent Aurora’s cradle

Ladybird book Well Loved Tales Sleeping Beauty retold by Vera Southgate, Eric Winter illustrations

Ladybird book Well Loved Tales Sleeping Beauty retold by Vera Southgate, Eric Winter illustrations

Maleficent Aurora Costume and the Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Aurora Costume and the Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Horns Headdress

Maleficent Horns Headdress

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Is modern art really art?

Why draw or paint a picture when we have photographs? Because some artists can pull out something more from a subject they’re drawing, energy perhaps; that a photograph doesn’t always convey.

That’s one reason I add more color than the natural eye sees, in my drawings. In this video, I talk with another artist and look at her paintings, and describe the new role I believe, artists have, in the century we are living in.

 

Oh, it’s a jolly Disney Christmas in England, pt 3

Check out this firework-ready and princess-charged video, in which we start at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade, and as the wind changes, head up with my drawings, to see the new Walt Disney Classics Collection Scrooge McDuck sculpture at Castle China and back again to London, for the Harrods Christmas lights switch on.

VIDEO: Sparkling art lights up an overcast suburb

My “It Sparkles” art exhibit was just the ticket for us in North London back in the summer!

Here’s my video report of how, I felt, the art prints of my pink dog drawings and landscapes permeated with heightened color really did let the ‘light’ in. Just imagine how well this art does its job throughout the winter!

Visit again and you’ll see something new!

I’ve replenished my “It Sparkles” Summer ’12 Art Exhibition, which got an extension by a whole month through to July 31st, with nearly 50 percent new art prints. It’s at Chorak 122-122A High Rd, East Finchley, London N2 9ED. Look out for a whole row of sparkling picture quotes to take home.

Douglas Rickard and friends at his summer 2012 art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley, London.

Douglas Rickard and friends at his summer 2012 art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley, London.

Extended through July! “It Sparkles” Summer ’12 Douglas Rickard Art Exhibition

The British rain hasn’t actually stopped, but neither has my summer art exhibition! I’m so excited to have been offered an extension to my exhibit through July 31st at Chorak 122-122A High Rd, East Finchley, N2 9ED.

Here I am pictured with friends there last week, proving you can still have fun even when it’s raining, especially when I’d put my all into the colorful artwork offerings served up inside. If you’re in London for the Olympics, I hope you’ll be able to stop by too!

Douglas Rickard outside his 'It Sparkles' art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley with friends

Douglas Rickard outside his ‘It Sparkles’ art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley with friends

A visit to my art exhibition

This week, here in North London myself (right,) with friends visited my summer art exhibit at Chorak 122-122A High Rd, East Finchley, N2 9ED. The Hawaiian landscapes simply made a warm and humid Tuesday evening feel even more balmy.

It ends Saturday… (hopefully not the summer weather, that is!)

Douglas Rickard and friends at his summer 2012 art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley, London.

Douglas Rickard and friends at his summer 2012 art exhibition in Chorak, East Finchley, London.