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.

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Lyceum Theatre, London

West End Theatre drawing in progress

West End Theatre drawing in progress

Lyceum Stage Door

Lyceum Stage Door

Have you ever meandered through the side streets of Covent Garden? These crisscrossing rows of London streets will take you past, what I find to be, fascinating back doors of West End theatres… stage doors of course. I wanted to draw one of London’s theatres, and held back from drawing the front. I thought the unassuming stage door in down-to-earth charcoal, could be an equally exciting piece of showbiz art as a colorful oil pastel of the opulent building front.

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Whenever I have walked past a stage door, and I don’t know if you’re the same, I always take a look at anyone going in or coming out. I’m actually a little in awe of the talent and creativity that goes into the choreography, musical scores and performances I’ve seen in the West End. And I enjoy the idea of how actors for example, appear out of the city in their everyday clothes and slip into these stage doors and the vast, dark auditoriums beyond to come together and perform under the bright lights and whisk us away to another place. I hope my simple Lyceum Theatre drawing somehow captures a little piece of that wonder of London’s West End.

West End cityscape by Douglas Rickard

David Hockney iPad painting adds energy-filled color alongside my Thames art

The wet British weather mirrored that of the River Pageant yesterday in Battersea Park. But I had to make a return trip to see David Hockney’s Brushes App painting which had been added to the “Artists of the River Pageant” at the Pump House Gallery.

The prestige of my drawing of the Jubilee, being on display in the same exhibition as this expressionist pioneer of Pop Art had me taken aback all week!  Heightened color, an enthusiasm of mine, emanates from David Hockney’s iPad paintings, not even so much of sunny Californian Yosemite, but of East Yorkshire; that’s when you know an artist really ‘sees’ into another realm.

My charcoal and oil pastel art of the Queen at the pageant ironically has little color this time. But I feel I heightened instead, what I call ‘light energy’.  On that dreary day, in his style, David Hockney squeezed out all those colorful protons and neutrons, so much so, that the Queen’s white, crystal studded coat appears as gold.

Some may think it is déclassé for me to say this, but I make no apologies for enjoying Disney, so when I first saw David Hockney’s vintage cartoon-looking Tower Bridge in “The End Of The Regatta,” the color styling of Walt Peregoy in 1961’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” came to mind. And that’s not an indictment against David Hockney’s work either, I believe art should ‘bless’ and deliver ‘happiness’ to the observer. And speaking of being happy, my Hand Embellished art print on display has been sold to a lady who lives on the Thames! The exhibition runs until Sunday September 15th 2013.

David Hockney iPad River Pageant art

David Hockney iPad River Pageant art

'The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant at Tower Bridge, London' by Douglas Rickard

‘The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant at Tower Bridge, London’ by Douglas Rickard

Anchors Aweigh at Artists of the River Pageant Private View

Navigate your way to the top of a Victorian tower in Battersea Park by September 15th and you’ll find my “Diamond Jubilee” art on display.

Douglas Rickard with his art at Artists of the River Pageant Private View

Douglas Rickard with his art at Artists of the River Pageant Private View

You’ll also discover a table full of teapots, crockery and bottles which pay homage to the Queen’s flotilla from the Turner’s House Artist in Residence, with whom I got to speak (below). So why not get underway to the Pump House Gallery for this Thames Festival free art exhibit, or if you’re high and dry see what was in the offing by way of my video from the Private View which was opened by Lord Salisbury!

Thames Flotilla by Turner's House Artist in Residence Michael Coldman

Thames Flotilla by Turner’s House Artist in Residence Michael Coldman

Scroll of Plein-Aire Sketches by Alexander Creswell

Scroll of Plein-Aire Sketches by Alexander Creswell

Pump House Gallery

Pump House Gallery

London Mayor’s Thames celebration overflows throughout September

My drawing of the Queen on her barge will be one tiny part of a river-wide, ten-day celebration of the Thames, in London this September, which includes races, markets, and even unique opportunities to “Get on the River,” yourself. And although it sounds like part of a Disney movie, there will actually be a live operatic concerto “sung” by ships and boats, including a little tug between Tower Bridge and London Bridge on Saturday the 14th.

My work will be exhibited in Battersea Park , which is right up against one of the Thames’ little beaches; with “over fifty works of art inspired by The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant,” at the Pump House Gallery, London SW11, each day from Wednesday the 4th to Sunday September 15th 2013, between 11.00am to 5.00pm.

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.

 

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!