We went to The Mary Blair exhibit in San Francisco today on our #magicdateday. It was wonderful. I fell in love with her work as a kid when I stayed at the hotel at Disney world that had her giant 90 foot mural (seen below). I think I love it more now. It really hit me today how well she makes a scene and moves action along, expressing a character. Every single image was so good it really inspired me. There must be a way to stay that focussed in finding the emotional reality of things I see and make every day with that.
Disney Profiles #3: Mary Blair
Occupation: Concept Artist and Imagineer
Mary Blair was largely responsible for the creating the striking, colorful look that defined many of Disney’s classic movies from the 1940’s and 1950’s. She was an important concept artist and background painter for many of the studio’s movies, including Saludos Amigos, Song of the South, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, as well as many others.
She later became an Imagineer, during which she was a primary designer of It’s a Small World, and a mural she created is on display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort hotel in Walt Disney World.
She became a Disney Legend in 1991, and was even honored with a Google Doodle in 2011!
“I’d always been driven by the notion of just sort of removing that privilege from protagonism, making the other the subject instead of the object. - Jill Soloway”
“We are always best at our second-greatest passion. #fb”
My friend Liz B @therealgynomite attributes this to Andy Warhol
Grade 7 Air Supply slow dance w Eric from the front row. #latergram #ShotgunPlayers #EggCookie