Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mary Blair is Everywhere!


I know folks, it seems like you just can't escape the wonderful world of Mary when you come to this blog, but Mary Blair fever has spread (to my utter delight) across the net and the latest blogger to give homage to my favorite leading lady of illustration is Rob Richards over at Animation Backgrounds. I have been thrilled to no end over these last few days with Rob's focus on my favorite animated feature (and no less because Ms. Blair had such a huge hand in the concept), Alice in Wonderland, in his background series (above picture must be credited to Rob, and I hope he will allow this as my post here serves to bring him due praise for his work and to encourage readers to make their way to his blog).

For those of you who haven't discovered the treasure trove of visual delights on Rob's blog, I urge, no, beg, you to stop by and take a good look at the hours of tedious laboring he's done to digitally recreate some of the most spectacular animation backgrounds (many of which are never fully visible by simply watching the flims alone). Fortunately for me, the latest focus on Alice has lead to some great discussion of Mary Blair's influence over the color styling for the movie and the likeness to her original concepts. In Monday's post, Richards observantly points out Mary's penchant for using two hues or tones of the same color in her own dress attire! (A lady who brings her sense of color and fantastic design to her own fashion - now there's a woman to love!) So please stop by Rob's blog (and send him well-wishes as he's in the recovery stages of minor surgery) and indulge in the Alice backgrounds that were strongly influenced by Ms. Blair's palette.

16 comments:

ROB RICHARDS said...

Wow! Thanks, Lainey, for your enthusiasm for my blog. And guess what? There's lots more ALICE and Mary Blair artwork forthcoming!

Duvivier said...

She really captured the poignancy of the red rose. (that thing that makes one think at each red rose one sees is the most beautiful of all) and the joy of all the other flowers, something like an absolving power... It makes one's day!

pumml said...

I can't get enough Mary Blair, Charley Harper, or Eyvind Earle. Thanks for starting such a great blog! I posted some Charley Harper from the Golden Biology book awhile back if you're interested.

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