Monday, April 27, 2015

Dream Sign

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Of all the signs I saw while on my Sunday drive, this one made the most and least sense.  Clearly I was to be very careful as I drove by this slow-moving Mennonite  mode of transportation.  Clipping. Clopping. Obviously the tomato red sign sent me this message loud and clear. Be mindful! What remained as a mystery after I passed this young boy was his dreamy body language. Was it a sign of wishful thinking or heartache?  Did he just receive a lecture from a strict parent or could he be pondering the words and meanings behind a sermon he had just heard? Maybe he was starving and could not wait to get home to his farm to devour a delicious, thoughtfully prepared brunch.  Perhaps it was young love.  And I will go with that. Dream Sign.

This image I shot on April 26, 2015 in Ontario, Canada may be purchased as a fine art print, framed print or canvas print here.


Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Sunday Drive

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Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Age of Adaline

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This mash-up of Adaline portraits over the years is a strong narrative poster.  I love how it showcases actual printed photographs through the decades; some faded, marked, aged and various borders. I wish I knew who the Designer/Artist was?  Do you know?

The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not.

The Age of Adaline (also known as simply Adaline) is a 2015 American epic romance fantasy film directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by J. Mills Goodloe andSalvador Paskowitz. The film stars Blake LivelyMichiel HuismanKathy BakerAmanda CrewHarrison Ford, and Ellen Burstyn. The film was released on April 24, 2015.

Adaline (Blake Lively) is a beautiful young woman who suffers an accident that changes her life forever. She lives her life running away, not letting anyone get too close to her or know her secret, not letting herself fall in love. But life has something different planned for her, and she must make a decision that will change the course of her life and expose the secret she has kept hidden for many years.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Magic of Mary Blair

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Deceased. MARY BLAIR (1911-1978) is revered in both the children's animation and illustration industries. For nearly four decades, she was involved with many important Disney projects. She created the concept paintings for the animated films Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland, and designed the 1964-65 New York World's Fair exhibit "It's a Small World." Mary Blair illustrated only a few picture books, but they include one of the best-loved classic Little Golden Books: I Can Fly.

“We are artists, dear, in love with art and each other. We must make these loves coincide and melt into a beautiful, happy and rich life --- that is our future….we’ll live to be happy and paint to express our happiness”. - Mary Blair 


"I'm Just Wild About Mary Blair"
 (A Short Biography by John Canemaker)

I have long admired the distinctive, dazzling artworks of Mary Blair (1911 – 1978).

Her vibrant colors and stylized designs pervade Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950’s and 60’s she brought eye-appealing flair to children’s books (I CAN FLY), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions (such as Disneyland’s IT’S A SMALL WORLD).

Mary Robinson Blair trained at the Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles during the Depression, and, with her husband Lee, was a member of the important California regionalist school of watercolor of the 1930s. Beneath her deceptively simple style, lies enormous visual sophistication and craftsmanship in everything from color choices to composition.

Though much of her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction, she was one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, na├»ve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures, especially the underlying emotions palpable in much of her art.

It would be difficult for anyone not to enjoy the witty, utterly charming art of Mary Blair, a dazzling and prolific sorceress of color and form. She saw the world in a fresh, new way and brought a special childlike beauty and gaiety to the works of print, theme parks and movies.

I feel great pleasure merely gazing at a work by Mary Blair. It’s as delicious as feasting on rainbows.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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