Technicolor light is like fireworks inside the Sleeping Beauty Castle

Stained Glass Windows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

Stained Glass Windows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

If ever you venture straight down Disneyland Paris Main Street and head over the moat into Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant early morning during Extra Magic Time you’ll experience a burst of color.

Not only do the real stained-glass windows seem to give off a Technicolor experience from “Sleeping Beauty,” but during this quieter time, you could be totally enveloped only by the music from the 1959 masterpiece!

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Fortunately, I’m inviting you to take a walking tour with me, picking out all those details in stone and bronze… faces and fairy dust lit ballgowns, up inside what many say is their favorite Disney theme park castle!

Lights and Lanterns inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

Lights and Lanterns inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

The sculptures inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

The sculptures inside the Disneyland Paris Castle

 

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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

Maleficent and another (feathered) horned miscreant

Are you someone who owns my portrait of this “Sleeping Beauty” villainess, part of my “Story Lines” art? Now retired, (apart from ACEO cards,) this NLE Hand-Embellished version was won by Darren and Amy from Solihul (pictured,) back at the 2009 Castle China hosted, Walt Disney Classics Collection Spirit of the Season Fall Premiere Event, in Warwick.

On July 26th 2012, I’ll be débuting another WDCC still-life of a character with horns. The art will be a Numbered Limited Edition of 6 in three versions. Keep a sneaky eye out for a first chance offer on this antihero, through my Valued Buyers e-notelet and Facebook page, early next month!

Sleeping Beauty art at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2009 Fall Premiere Event in Warwick

Sleeping Beauty art at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2009 Fall Premiere Event in Warwick