It's already been established that I love all things Disney. And with that all-consuming obsession comes a whole world of specific things to love. Like, did you know I have a favorite Disney artist? I do. Mary Blair is my favorite Disney artist, followed by Eyvind Earle, Herb Ryman, and Rolly Crump. These are the artists who are responsible for look of Disneyland and early Disney films. The old guard, if you will. Don't even get me started on the new crop of Disney artists! So much talent!
If you've ever ridden It's a Small World, then you know Mary Blair's work. All of those adorable little figures were her babies. I could give you a list of her animation credits, her concept art, and her color styling, but how about I give you a book recommendation instead?
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair by Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager is a children's picture book (I mean, technically, but I don't think of it that way) that follows Mary's life from her childhood to her world travels to her work with Disney and how she always "collected colors". I am always drawn to things that are colorful and it makes me smile that we have that in common =) She wasn't afraid to be bright and vibrant in her life or her work.
Mary Blair lived a life adventure through color. If you're an artist (or even if you're not) you will find this book incredibly inspiring. And it's now one of my kids' favorite books.
"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art."