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

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VIDEO: Artistic success and the artwork that amazed me

I take you to my favorite stand, in this final photo report and video of the June art fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Sneak Peek – The Queen joins William and Kate in new art

Waving from the royal barge, my drawing of the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee, will be docking alongside William and Kate at their Royal Wedding. Débuting July 12th, it will be in my next addition to this cityscape art series of London historic occasions.

The Queen joins William and Kate in new art.

The Queen joins William and Kate in new art.

Buckingham Palace art fit for a Queen’s Jubilee (wet) weekend, Untitled Artists Fair

The rain-soaked, Union Jack patterned bunting (and umbrellas) along King’s Road should have been a clue. My British flag London cityscapes weren’t just going to be popular online, with my American Buyers. Following orders at Friday night’s reception of the Untitled Artists Fair; I decided to go home and replenish my stand with two other Union Jack cityscapes for the rest of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Don’t you think my 2008 Buckingham Palace drawing (top center left,) peculiarly evokes how projectors lit that façade during the Jubilee Concert?

Pictured with myself (below right,) fashion illustrator and designer, Meian Low at the Private View in Chelsea Old Town Hall; plus paintings by Vivien Lee, (below center left), and paintings by Oleg Marats, (top right).

At Untitled Artists Fair, Chelsea, exhibiting his London cityscapes, Douglas Rickard, below right. Paintings by Vivien Lee, below center left and Oleg Marats, top right.

At Untitled Artists Fair, Chelsea, exhibiting his London cityscapes, Douglas Rickard, below right. Paintings by Vivien Lee, below center left and Oleg Marats, top right.