Telling the story in art of one lady at the center of her Jubilee Pageant

One tiny figure of the Queen surrounded by all that maritime pomp and ceremony. In this series of cityscapes, I’m telling stories of London occasions like the Royal Wedding, so how could I make the Queen the centre of this ‘story’ on her Thames barge, that Jubilee day? Even though I’ve drawn Tower Bridge in detail before, I had to lessen its appearance in this artwork, so that she and the barge would not get upstaged.  I feel it actually really works in that it looks like it’s emerging out of the driving, London rain that afternoon. I did enlarge the opening bascules though, in order to help tell what was happening.

To this minimalist charcoal art I added color for the garlands of roses, peonies and carnations on the Royal barge, in the shape of rolling waves. See how the iridescent, “red gold,” real oil pastel touches shine in the 13” x 9.5” Hand Embellished version, a Numbered Limited Edition of six, along also with the 13” x 9.5” and 19” x 13” versions. So if you’d like one, don’t leave it too late and miss the barge, will you!

Douglas Rickard drew a minimalist Tower Bridge for his Queen's Jubilee art.

Douglas Rickard drew a minimalist Tower Bridge for his Queen’s Jubilee art.

On a rainy Queen's Jubilee weekend, the cheerful color of fireworks in the London sky, atop a just-visible Tower Bridge.

On a rainy Queen’s Jubilee weekend, the cheerful color of fireworks in the London sky, atop a just-visible Tower Bridge.

'Red gold,' real oil pastel touches shine in this Hand Embellished Queen's Jubilee art by Douglas Rickard.

‘Red gold,’ real oil pastel touches shine in this Hand Embellished Queen’s Jubilee art by Douglas Rickard.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant by Douglas Rickard.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant by Douglas Rickard.

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VIDEO: The Queen’s Jubilee – New Numbered Limited Edition Art

This Numbered Limited Edition of six in three versions is out on Thursday, so to wet your appetite, (as if the actual River Pageant wasn’t wet enough that day already,) here’s my video about my latest royal 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.