Fun Day Sunday: Richard Armitage Wallpaper Artwork Magic by Ann Boudreau, November 23, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #661)

Winter weather has hit our middle of the US city with freezing temps and ice portending snow very soon. So bundling up when going outside or snuggling at home is a must. And there is no better way to keep warm then to spend some time with the film works and pictures of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage.

Crucible_5stars_Poster_686x1020_December-screenings_Nov2214ranet-smlRichard Armitage is a masterful storyteller famous for his searing character portrayals of: John Thornton in North & South (2004); Sir Guy of Gisborne (2006-2009); Lucas North in Spooks 7, 8, & 9 (2008-2010); John Porter in Strike Back (2010); Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy of films (2012, 2013, 2014); in action adventure fare as Gary Fuller in Into the Storm (2014)–and with Mr. Armitage most recently on stage winning raves and critical acclaim (left) as the penultimate John Proctor in The Crucible (2014) (stunning fan art below, by Ann Boudreau).   Sighhh! Mr. Armitage also has several films in post production, including portraying Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew (2015?) and as Dr. Scott in Sleepwalker (2015?).


With Ann Boudreau’s lovely The Crucible wallpaper (above) as one of my earliest introductions to her RA artwork, I began noticing her artwork when it would pop up in my newsfeed. And I have recently enjoyed more of the lovely Richard Armitage artwork of the very talented Ann Boudreau, that she shares on Twitter. So I am featuring a few of my recent favorites of Ann Boudreau’s plethora of Richard Armitage artwork below:


Exhibit RA1: Employing some 2012-2013 Ashcroft portraits of Richard Armitage, Ann Movieweek-No559-05Jan2013_RichardArmitage_Nov2214ranetBoudreau definitely stops us in our tracks with a double dose of RA’s smouldering presence (below). I especially love the closeup! Ann captured Richard’s quiet dignity and allure quite breathtakingly. You’ll also note that this Ashcroft portrait series–some of which appeared in an article (translation) of Richard Armitage in the Korean magazine Movie Week in January 2013 (right) — was where Mr. Armitage drew his own Twitter cover and icon from. Thanks to Isabelle W. for reminding me of this lovely Ann Boudreau wallpaper (below)! And as I also gushed to Kitty and Isabelle about the closeup in Ann’s wallpaper: Love the finely trimmed stubble, framing the contours of RA’s chiseled jaw! Sighhh! *THUD*


And I also love Ann’s whimsical pairing of a funny trope with a similar RA portrait below:

2012--RichardArmitageandSpidersWallpaper_Nov2214newbyAnnBoudreauGrati: I am definitely afraid of spiders–and Richard Armitage. Ha!


Exhibit RA2: Staying in RA’s blue period–a flattering color palette for Richard Armitage–Ann Boudreau chose this brooding portrait below of Richard Armitage from the July 2011 Project Magazine photo shoot to set the stage for Winter, RA style. RA fits beautifully in this invitingly wintery scene of snow dusted trees, with a park bench in the background.   And I certainly want to purchase a long blue cashmere scarf now. Sighh!



Exhibit RA3: Another Summer 2011 Richard Armitage Recognise Magazine portrait is the focus of this next Ann Boudreau Richard Armitage Wallpaper (below) with a double dose of RA set amidst a snowy bridge at night scene. For me, the image conjures up the possibility of a romantic moonlit stroll–with you know who. Sighhh!   Alas Richard, I’m already taken. Ha!


Exhibit RA4: In Ann Boudreau’s RA wallpaper scene below, she features a bundled up Richard Armitage taking a brisk walk in a charming residential neighborhood as the snow gently falls around him.   After a large holiday meal, people often like to stretch their legs. And it is a delight that Ann chose to compose this wallpaper with a full length Richard Armitage portrait. We rarely get full poses of Mr. Armitage–partially because we love close-ups of his expressive and handsome face. Yet, to see him at his full height is magnificent!

The artistic rendering that Ann Boudreau created in the wallpaper above, is actually more complex than you might think at first glance.  My knowing that the original Richard Armitage image had a Moscow city background as he walked in character as Lucas North in Spooks (series 7) and no scarf makes me appreciate the fine eye and artistic skills of Ann. Seamlessly masking people out of their original backgrounds–as Ann has done here–is tough and time consuming. And the new background winter scene she chose for the wallpaper–probably also composed of multiple elements that she blended together–is perfection!  Finally, Ann has scaled and layered everything just right, such that this image looks like an original portrait shot. Brava, Ann!

Exhibit RA5: We close with another lovely and inviting Wintery scene in Ann Boudreau’s wallpaper below that features a Richard Armitage portrait from 2008 as he portrays Lucas North in Spooks series 7 epi 5. It is a promo portrait of Richard/Lucas gazing intensely at something. The future, perhaps?

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This particular wallpaper prompted my good friend and frequent blog commenter, Kitty, to declare that  it inspired in her thoughts of being: “Snowed in w/ Lucas! THAT would be some winter magic!” To which I/Grati replied: “Definitely! Snuggling in our jammies under a soft blanket with Lucas while lying on a plush rug by a warm fireplace with real logs crackling with dancing firelight in the hearth, hot mulled cider in mugs near by (rum optional), and no lights on in the room but for the twinkling strands of lights on the Christmas tree that you just finished decorating, would be purrrrfect!

So who is the talented artistic lady–Ann Boudreau–who creates such wonderful Richard AnnBoudreau--FacebookBannerCapNov2214grati-cropfbmisc-url-addedArmitage artwork? Ann is known as @AnnBoudreauArt   on Twitter (right) and she is delightfully varied and voluminous in her designs–as evidenced by her commemorating her 100th RA wallpaper as noted below. Wow! I have many more wallpapers yet to save from her collection!


Ann Boudreau  also kindly shared with me some info about herself to share with you:

“I’m an artwork artist for the Henry Cavill Fanpage on Facebook. I have done over 600 artworks of him so far. About a year ago, a very sweet lady sent me a private message to congratulate me on my work and asked me if I ever made any of Richard Armitage, however at the time, I didn’t knew who he was so I googled him and then made 2 of him that I sent her. Her and I became very good friends so on and off, I would make one and send it to her.TheCrucibleRehearsals--RichardArmitage_Nov2214AnnBoudreau

Then slowly, I started to make some more and more often … ツ However what really did it for me, it’s when this series of pictures of Richard in rehearsal [for The Crucible, right courtesy of Ann] came out … after that, I was on a roll and still am !

You are going to think that I’m weird but when I make an artwork of someone, I need to have this click that relates me to the person, something inside me that goes on which I can’t really explain. In each of my artworks, there’s always a story, sometimes easy to see, sometimes not. And when I say a story, I don’t mean like a story book but more like something that makes each person relate to when they see them. I have a true passion for making artworks, I always give it all I’ve got in each one and Richard inspires me because he’s a genuine man, he has a beautiful soul and making artworks of him is a real charm. I’m so happy that this lady made me discover him.”


Thanks, Ann!. We don’t think you’re weird at all. Thank you again for sharing your lovely Richard Armitage artwork with us. So be sure to check out this talented and prolific RA Artwork Designer Ann Boudreau at her social media sites on and Facebook


In closing, with the December holidays coming upon us soon–and Thanksgiving in the US coming this week–our thoughts turn to the festive gatherings that we might participate in this Winter.   And though Mr. Armitage appears alone in each of Ann Boudreau’s lovely wallpapers above, he does not appear to be lonely. That is a fine distinction, I know, but one to keep in mind as we all make plans to celebrate the holidays.

Just remember, that even if you are alone at home on a holiday–or any regular day–you have your friends across the miles just a click away. And we also have lovely Richard Armitage artistic projects to enjoy–his films, and fan fics that he has inspired, etc.–as well as, the lovely Richard Armitage artwork by talented artists such as Ann Boudreau.

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Thorin Thursday Reblog: UPDATE: The Battle of the Five Armies Fan Event – Chicago Edition is December 20th, November 20, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (post #660)

From Obscura at the Ancient Armitage blog–for the Chicago THBOFA RA Fan viewing/gathering event:
“Back in October I polled the Chicago area fan population about a favored day to assemble as a group for the opening weekend of the final Hobbit installment:  The Battle of the Five Armies.

Of the dates given, Saturday December 20th was the favorite by a narrow margin.

After several conversations, my elf on the ground in Chicago and I have set the date as Saturday December 20th for a 1:30 pm screening at the AMC River East 21 Theater.”

Thanks so much to Obscura and her helper for organizing this!

To see more information in her blog post– and learn about further updates–please visit:


I/Grati am planning to go and join in the Chicago THBOFA viewing fun–with bells on. Ha! I hope that you can join us, too!


(THBOFA poster courtesy of


P.S. And here is TV spot #2 for THBOFA:

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WCW: Grati & Richard Armitage, Brought to You by the Number 5, November 19, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #659)

I’m having one of those moments in life when upcoming birthday reflections collide with my quirky sense of humor. Or at least, I hope it’s humorous. Sorry for the quirky part. Ha! Just chalk it up to Wild Card Wednesday (WCW) mayhem.

Years ago, my loving husband suggested that I celebrate the anniversary of my 35th birthday–when that event was long since past. And at this point in my life, that anniversary makes me legal. *wink*

My husband is a dear sweet man whom I love with abandon–despite the fact that his threadbare underwear is from the “Little Rascals”  fashion collection–torn (no, no that way), faded from hundreds of washings, and in need of replacement. After his shower Sunday night, he put on jeans to walk the dogs in and told me he was going commando. Yes, I did do a little tremble at that statement. Or maybe it was a shiver worrying that his husband parts might not be adequately insulated from the freezing 16 degree F weather. So Monday night, we bought him 6 more pairs of boxers and t-shirts–that should last him another 50 years. Ha!

But back to me, moi, the reason for this post. I realized that the number 5 figures 5candle-pink-birthday-cake_Nov1914MSOfcClipArtprominently in my life as this year’s 35th birthday anniversary celebration approaches. So if you are into numerology–which I am not, but I am a geekette–here are some examples of where Grati and the number 5 meet:

1)  my birth year has a 5 in it;

2)  my birth age has a 5 in it, and is a multiple of 5; and as the anniversary of my 35th birthday, it is a multiple of 5;

3)  my hubby and I will also celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next month–25 has a five in it and is a multiple of five;

4)  my wedding weight had a 5 in it, and was a multiple of 5 (I am working on getting back to that and getting closer, ha!)

5)  our zip code has a 5 in it;

6)  I am an aunt, 5 times over;

7)  I wear 5 rings every day (they’re slim): my wedding finger has my wedding band, my engagement ring, a 10th anniversary ring, and my husband’s mother’s wedding band (as a smaller sized ring guard since I have been losing weight), and my right hand has one ring on it;

8)  I wake up between 5:25am and 5:35am (after hitting the snooze button once) every morning to shower and drive my hubby to work, then I return home to primp then go to work myself;

9)  I am now working for my 5th boss in my long years working at the university in the same department;

10)  our bigger doggie weighs 50 pounds;

11)  5 electronic/electric devices that I no longer use: television set, cordless phone, blender (rec’d it for our wedding and have maybe used it 5 times in 25 years, but my hubby wants to keep it, just in case he needs it), stereo, and Atari Game system;

12)  5 electronic/electric devices I have never owned Play Station, Xbox, blue tooth ear piece, 8 track player, and toothbrush;

13)  I have 5 email accounts–real me for family and college friends, real me for work and community commitments, real me for cable company (so I can also watch Outlander on Starz by streaming it on my laptop, snap!), Grati on Yahoo, and Grati on Google (I never check this one, sorry Google.);

14)  I have 5 social media accounts as Grati: this SAL blog, that ITS blog, Facebook, Wattpad, and Twitter;

15)  the number of views on this blog has a 5 in it, or is a multiple of 5–at any given point in time, Ha!;

16)  Today’s date of the 19th + it being in the 11th month = 30, which is a multiple of 5.

17)  My pseudonym’s nickname, Grati, has 5 letters in it.

18)  Have I mentioned that I can also count using only the number 5 (in formulas to create the number)?   See? I am a geekette! Ha!:
5/5 = 1; (5+5)/5 = 2;  (5+5+5)/5 = 3; (5+5+5+5)/5 = 4; (5×5)/5 = 5, etc.

19)  and next February 2015 (a multiple of 5), I will commemorate viewing the BBC’s 2004 series North & South with the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage in it–and being introduced to Richard Armitage’s artistic projects–for 5 years (since 2010); you knew that I had to work him in there somewhere, Ha!;

20)  So below are my 5 favorite images of Richard Armitage, the man:

Dec 2013 Esquire UK                                                        Sept 2013 BAFTA TeaParty
       (debonair)                                                                         (California cool & sexy)

esquireuk-dec2013-4brichardarmitagesittingunderstainedglassnov09ranet-crop3-shrp              2013Sept--BAFTA-LA-RichardArmitageSmilingOct1013RA-BulgariaFB


Dec 2013 Sky 3 Interview                             Dec 2013 THDofS Berlin Premiere
    (sexy scruffy)                                                               (errant bang lock)
2013Dec--SkySpecial-3-RichardArmitageInterview_Nov1814ranet-Crop-Clr     DofS-GermanyPremiere-Dec2013_Nov1814pinterest-sized

2014 RA interview Art by Ann Boudreau (w/Mat Khal cap)

(gleaming smile)



I could go on and on. Ha! But I’m trying to keep my posts shorter these days.

(855 words: which is a multiple of 5, snap!)

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John Day Monday: RCA Characters Tweet Thornton Memes to CelebRAte N&S 10th Anniversary Coda, November 17, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #658)

The exquisitely talented British actor Richard Crispin Armitage (RCA) characters having convened the first tweet meeting of themselves last month, they decide that today’s monthly meeting should focus upon the recently celebrated 10th Anniversary of RCA’s beloved John Thornton character portrayal debut in the BBC’s 2004 production of Elizabeth Gaskell’s timeless love story, North & South.a1--TWEETavern-Logo_Nov1714GratianaLovelace-sized-sml

Theirs is to be a Thornton Memes meeting. Their discussion and manly activities will begin at the eponymously named Thornton-Woebegone Epicurean Establishment and Tavern (or TWEET) [right]–as the men flex their egos, index fingers–and a few thumbs–readying to comport themselves in 140 characters per tweet as they hover over their cell phones, tablets, and real notebooks with spiral bound paper (for those without wifi reception–such as the rural John and the Middle Ages Guy)–with them all looking like a mill masters dinner for the twenty-first century.

JohnS@IDon’tNameMyFood: (right) “What tis a me-me anyway?” The sa2--Me-Me-Q-RichardArmitagea-sJohnStandring-LookingUncertainApr2613ranet-GratianaLovelace-CropEyeClrShrp-crop-glassfilter--MeMehy Northern sheep farmer John Standring asks, mispronouncing the word meme as they sit down in the tavern. (140 char)


a3--MemeDefined--RichardArmitage-asHarryKennedySmilinginVicarofDibley-epi2-pix165_Oct2714ranet-GratianaLovelace-sized-glassfilterHarryK@BeTheSpreadsheet (left): “I know this one!” He smiles endearingly. “A meme, roughly means conveying cultural meaning via using a shorthand of symbols or phrasing.” {139 char)


Grati@GratianaL (barmaid): Rolling up on his motor cycle in leathers even Sir Guy would envy, the man deemed “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” hashtags the meeting. (137 char)


RickyD@gReAt-rides (right): “Mates, Let’s get the initiation started. Where is the victim,  I mean candidate, John Thornton?” Ricky brusquely struts & barmaids drool. (140 char)


a5--WhereDoYouWantMeToTweet-RichardArmitage-isGuyOct2811ranet-GratianaLovelace-crpbrt-sizedGuyG@GisborneStallion (left): Bristling at being outleathered, Sir Guy pouts looking skeptically at Harry’s small talking mechanism. “Where do you want me to … tweet?” (138 char)


Grati@GratianaL (barmaid): Furiously painting a selfie of the men’s group while the light is still with him, the only recognized master artiste of the men implores. (139 cha6--PaitingSelfie-RichardArmitage-asClaudeMonet_TIepi1pix94Nov1714ranet-GatianaLovelace-sized-N&S10-glassfilterar)

ClaudeM@TheImpressionist (right): Écoutez! Messieurs! Ceci est une occasion mémorable. 10 ans depuis ses débuts dans la série de la BBC 2004 Nord et du Sud de John Thornton. (139 char)

Translation (left): Listen up! Gentlemen! This is a momentous occasion. John Thornton’s 10th year since his debut in the BBC’s 2004 series North & South. (134 char)

Grati@GratianaL (barmaid): Having finally admitted the delayed guest of honor–John Thornton–to the TWEET tavern’s private room, she serves their beers and departs. (138 char)


JohnT@MasteroftheMills (right): “So you’re celebRAting N&S 10 then? Looking back, looking back at me?” John smiles shyly, delighted to be feted by his fellow characters. (140 char)


Rich@RCArmitage (below right): “I have always said that the interest in me in North & South was due to the character and story.” RA demures. His tweet gets the last laugh. (140 char)


Nota Bene: Unless otherwise labeled, Richard Armitage character images (with my edits)–are courtesy of or images are my caps. Other images (with my edits) are courtesy of MS Office Clip Art. Translation was courtesy of Google Translate.

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“Falling in love with you again”, Richard Armitage as John Thornton in “North & South”, November 09, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #657)

Remembering that the 10th Anniversary of the broadcast of the BBC’s “North & South” in 2004 will be upon us on November 14th, 2014, here is a lovely little video by Danielle Hernandez reminding us why we are still “Falling in love with” the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage again and again. Have a gReAt day! Cheers! Grati ;->



North and South – Falling

“The song is Falling by Keri Noble.”


And here are a few of my favorite portraits of Richard Armitage as the honorable John Thornton (courtesy of RANet or my cap):

charmingly awkward                               just plain charming

John-DrinkingTea-isRichardArmtiage-inNorth&Southepi1-106Oct2013ranet-hi-res-brt                             John-isRichardArmitage-inBBCs2004North&Southepi2-108_May3114ranet-sized-eyeclr

boyish                                                       family oriented

John-smiling-as-Hannah-tousles-his-hair_isRichardArmitage-inN&Sepi4-072_Jun0914ranet-sized-brt                           John-isRichardArmitage-and-Hannah-isSineadCusack-inNorth&South-epi1-081Feb0614ranet-crop-sized-clr


honest                                     hard working

John-isRichardArmitage-inNorth&Southepi2-034Oct2713ranet-crop-hi-res               John-isRichardArmitage-inNorth&South-22h46m08s1-Dec2813GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-manip-sized-brt-clr


curious                                    intrigued

John-isRichardArmitage-inBBCs2004North&South_Promo18_May1614ranet-mask-clr                   JohnT-SmallSmile-isRichardArmitage-inNorth&Southepi1-045Oct2713ranet-crop-hi-res-rev2


romantic                                 sensuous

John-isRichardArmitage-inNorth&South-epi2-215_Feb0514ranet-crop-sized-clr         JohnisRichardArmitageMargaretisDanielaDenby-Ashe N&Sepi1-096Oct1413ranet--brt


smitten                                   unrequited

John-isRichardArmtiage-inNorth&South-epi2-116-Jan0214ranet--sized-blur-clr-shrp-crop2           John-isRichardArmitage-inN&Sepi2-225_Aug0114ranet-sized


despairing                                        hopeful

JohnisRichardArmitageandMargaretisDanielaDenby-AsheinN&Sepi3-198Oct1413ranet-crop-hi-res              John-isRichardArmitagein2004N&Sepi4-211LookBackatMe_Oct0514ranet-sized-clr-brt


loving                                                              in love

John-isRichardArmitage-andMargaret-isDanielaDenby-Ashe-inNorth&Soutepi4-340-Jan0114ranet-sized-brt              WithThisKissITheeWorshipJan1314GratianaLovelaceN&SCap-framed-titled


So congratulations upon your upcoming 10th Anniversary of sharing John Thornton in “North & South” with us, Mr. Armitage. You have enriched and gladdened our lives in ways too numerous to mention and more cherished than you will ever know.


And as endlessly appealing as Richard Armitage [below, 2013THDofS German Premiere] is in this and in his many other character portrayals, the gentlemanly man himself who is warm, compassionate, good, witty, humble, gracious, philanthropic, honorable, and a dedicated theatrical artist (be it film, the stage, television or audiobook), etc., he has my deep respect, my admiration, and my very good wishes for his future endeavors.


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Thorin Thursday: New The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trailer to be Released at 12noonCST, November 6, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #656)

The new The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies new trailer is supposed to be released at around 10am PST (California time), which is 12noon CST (Chicago/Grati time.)  So as soon as I can find a link for the new video, I will paste it below.

In the meantime, we can enjoy this lovely new THBOFA poster showing the Heirs of Durin battling it out, courtesy of www.RichardArmitageNet:


And for the exquistely talented British actor Richard Armitage who portrays Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain, we “will follow you, one last time”:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer – HD Official Warner Bros. UK” video by WarnerBros. UK (published Nov. 6, 2014)

 WOW!  EPIC is right!

 Thanks to Digital Spy for the trailer link above!


Here is the initial THBOFA Trailer published July 28, 2014:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Official Teaser Trailer [HD]“, a video by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Thorin Thursday: Hi ho! It’s THAUJ off to be Disneyfied we go! November 6, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #655)

Great thanks to RACentral (  for tweeting the link to this priceless video of how The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might look if made by Disney.  So, my two loves in one package. Enjoy!


“If Disney Made the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

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