Sharing Joy–Richard Armitage Portraits by Sarah Dunn, April 22, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1159)

I love this portrait above of the talented British actor Richard Armitage laughing in 2014 (?) by the talented portrait photographer Sarah Dunn—as much for his shining eyes and laughter, as for this being a different angle from the other portraits of him that I have seen from similar photos.


In the image above, Richard Armitage sits in profile, engaged with someone or something—which could be the photographer using a cable shutter release device—to allow her and not the camera to be in his eyeline.    The warmth in his gaze suggests to me that his smile and laughter is for someone well known to him, not a mere acquaintance.  That the warmth of his gaze is reserved for the portrait photographer Sarah Dunn here, is just a guess on my part.


And the different angle of the camera lens suggests to me a different perspective being revealed about this man.  This is not a posed shot, or at least, this particular shot seems to show Richard Armitage fully engaged in something or someone other than performing/seducing for the camera.  Perhaps we glimpse a bit of the real man—a happy and contented man.


And his active laughing also adds a hint of coiled energy to Richard Armitage in this portrait—as if him sitting down only temporarily contains his joy.  But that joy breaks out in his radiant laughing smile.  There is no guile here, just a realness that is beguiling—to me, anyway.


Below are some other images in this Sarah Dunn portrait series of Richard Armitage:

Each portrait image of Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn conveys something different to me—whether he is cutely sucking on his ice cream or yogurt spoon, looking pensive on cue with a hint of a smile threatening to break out, or him scowling handsomely imperiously in the middle of the street.  And I daresay, these portraits convey something different to you.


For me, Richard Armitage’s non direct and less posed gazes seem to be the more telling about the man.  But what they say particularly, I couldn’t say.  It’s just a general feeling of peace that I get, knowing that this good and talented man Richard Armitage exists in the world.


The last image below shows Ms. Dunn (as a mise en scene in the window) in this final portrait image of Richard Armitage:


Time and again, Sarah Dunn has uniquely captured nuanced glimpses of the man inside the movie/stage/tv star who is Richard Armitage.  And when he laughs and smiles, his joy is infectious—and he shares his joy with us, often via the lens of Sarah Dunn.


So if we could share back to him and to her the joy we have felt from their collaborative portraiture, it would no doubt come with our grateful thanks to them.   And now, as so many others also need, Ms. Dunn and her family are in need of much joy after her suffering devastating injuries  earlier this month.


And through our gifts of joy by sending healing thoughts, prayers, etc., to Sarah Dunn—and to others whom we know personally who are struggling through illness or other difficult circumstances—we let them know that we are thinking about them, especially with our cards and notes which are so welcomed by the receiver.


Hugs & Love!


Nota Bene:  My Richard Armitage by Sarah Dunn portraits sharing thanks go to Theoni Griva, Katie C, Mujer Tropical, Simonne, and Woodstock & Snoopy.

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Official “Oceans 8” movie trailer drops, with the ladies oozing style and Richard Armitage smouldering,  April 13, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1158)

(Ocean’s 8 Twitter)

As featured in Vogue’s online edition for April 12, 2018, “Ocean’s 8” is set to be a fast and fun romp of a high octane ladies caper movie.  The plot revolves around a jewel heist at the annual Met Gala Ball—where high fashion and amazingly expensive jewelry are de rigueur.

The eight female leads of “Ocean’s 8”—Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina–are a “… gang of ragtag antiheroes attempts to pull a fast one on fashion’s biggest night of the year.” (Vogue)


The new official “Oceans 8” film trailer is here:


The ladies are after the big prize of diamonds—which of course, are always a girl’s best friend:

And the ladies are brimming with brains and oozing style as they focus on the big prize of pulling off the heist of the century!  Below are a few character shorts from “Ocean’s 8” that I have seen so far:


Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean:


Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger:


Rihanna as Nine Ball:


Sarah Paulson as Tammy:


Awkwafina as Constance:


Mindy Kaling as Amita:


Helena Bonham Carter as Rose:


Cate Blanchett as Lou:


And regally prowling around all that estrogen and their desire for diamonds—and the freedom to live their lives as they wish–is the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s Claude Becker character’s  smouldering gaze for Anne Hathaway’s Daphne Kluger character’s … diamonds, etc., stirs me. …. What was I saying?  Love Ultra Veloce’s gif of that Richard Armitage moment!  Thanks!


I can’t wait to see this film on June 8th!

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THTHT: A sweetly smiling Richard Armitage as Chop in profile from Urban and the Shed Crew (2018) delights, April 10, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1157)

Thanks to DurinLass for sharing this sweetly smiling and exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Chop in  “Urban and the Shed Crew” (2018) below.  He “is the very model of a modern major” movie star in the making!  Sighhh!  Enjoy!   And wishing you a lovely day!  Cheers!


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Too Hottt to Handle Tuesday!  Richard Armitage and his shirt, etc., at NIFF 2018, April 03, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1156)

With all the great  NIFF 2018 Premiere of “Urban and the Shed Crew” Richard Armitage images from last weekend—and culminating on March 31, 2018–what was the burning question on my mind?

How does the man/Richard fight the jet lag? How did Caroline Goodall  link up with Richard Armitage for their “In Conversation” reciprocal interview at NIFF 2018? Has Richard given up shaving or stubble all together?

Naaaah! Well, maybe the last one.  Though I really like the clean lines of this trimmed beard on him, below (with Fraser Kelly, left).  Sighhh!

Nope! My thought was, what is that meandering looping design on Richard’s shirt? And what is the image at the bottom of his shirt? (Full image above courtesy of Pat Bush @knittastically, Thanks!)


And zooming in, now we know. The looping design goes … Southward,

and turns into …

Yoda. Ha!


Hope you have a great day! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

P.S.1.  Yoda undercover via Julia K.  Thanks!:

P.S. 2. And Richard Armitage (courtesy of Gege F) in a Yoda like looking chastisement pose below:  “There is no try.  There is only do, or do not.” (Star Wars)

P.S.3.  And Candida Brady did do—along with Richard Armitage, Fraser Kelly and the rest of her NIFF 2018 award winning jury prizes cast and picture!


P.S. 4.  Finally and happily, it was announced that “Urban and the Shed Crew” will be released for streaming sometime this week–with a possible dvd release to follow.  Yaaaaaaaaay!


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Happy Easter/Holidays to You and Yours, April 01, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1155)


Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter or Happy Holidays!

For my hubby and I, I have a small sliced ham baking in the oven–crushed pineapple between every two slices.  Next up to be made potatoes and green bean casserole.  Nothing fancy, just yummy.

As I count my blessings and give thanks, my loving hubby has to come first–28 years married, and 30 years that we have been together in June this year.   Through our various trying health issues this past year, and the resulting financial grimaces it causes, we are each other’s loving and caring helpmates.  Then their are supportive friends (online and in-person) and colleagues to be grateful for.  Finally, there are all of you who read/view my notes, essays, stories, pictures, etc.  I thank each and every one of you.

We have only one life to live, so let us live it to its fill.  We may not have everything we want.  But I have heard it said that the key to happiness is to want and appreciate everything that we have.

Hugs & Love!  Grati

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THTHT:  Richard Armitage answers Great Fan Q’s via Audible Video Interview,  March, 27, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1154)

The talented, handsome, and oh so gracious Richard Armitage answered great fan questions posed to him for this #AskAudible interview video:



Thanks for sharing, Richard & Audible!  Sighhh!


And thanks to TeresaA for pointing me to the link!  Hugs!


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Spy Day Friday:  Berlin Station costars Caroline Goodall and Richard Armitage set to interview each other about acting on March 31, 2018,   March 23, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1153)


Goodall FB link  shared by UVeloce (Thanks!):
Caroline Goodall of Kelly Frost fame on Berlin Station will be sitting down and chatting about the acting profession with her costar “the immaculate Richard Armitage” (who portrays Daniel Miller) on Saturday, March 31, 2018 as 6:00pm UTC—or 7pm London and 1pm Chicago CST (see time converter here)——to be hosted by the Newcastle Film Festival.

Cool!  So save the date of March 31, 2018 at 6pm utc.   I know that we’re all marking our calendars now.  😉

Wishing you a lovely day! Hugs & Cheers!

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