Friday, June 26, 2009

Mary Blair-Artist

My dear, dear husband decided to take me out on a date last night. That might not sound like a big deal to many, but we usually don't get out all that often due to his crazy work schedule.

He had a conference to attend at Disneyland and suggested that I meet him at the end of the day for a movie and dinner at Downtown Disney. (Those who have read some of my previous works know that I am not a rabid Disney fan. I don't 'hate' Disney, but I also don't care to become impoverished, which many of the prices at the park are sure to accomplish if one actually wants to DO something while visiting there. Downtown Disney is a bit more like a mall with some Disney related stores. Not bad, for a shopping zone.)

We saw The Hangover, which was surprising NOT as ridiculous as I thought it would be. Let me explain that thought more fully; it WAS ridiculous, but in a not predictable sort of way. It is replete with profanity, however, so if one is easily offended, skip it. That being said, I laughed a lot during the movie. Out loud. And giggled. Stupid/funny. It works sometimes.

I don't want to bore you with the finer details of dinner. It was yummy. 'Nuf said.

Back to Mary Blair.

You may think you have no idea who she is, but you definitely will recognize her work and style. She was the mastermind behind the artwork in Small World. She also did a lot of really funky cool illustrations and graphic art for advertising during the 50's-60's. Her style became a standard.

To think, I never thought about the actual names of the artists working behind the scenes....probably because I am not a huge Disneyphile. Mary's work is iconic, though. Deserving of specific praise, in my opinion.

Her color choices were stunning and her vision was unique. (The occasional stereotyping is not lost on me, though I recognize it as a somewhat typical, though unfortunate, feature pertaining to society's attitudes within that era.)

I just wanted to share some of the visual candy I was able to enjoy last night!
Hope you liked it, too!

There is a book out about her that is now on my wish list.

Until next time, happy discovering!



  1. Mary Blair did some wonderful work! I love Alice in Wonderland.

  2. Me, too! Did you see the new book of Alice In Wonderland that is available? It is a retelling by Jon Scieszka (a genius in his own right) that has oodles of Mary's original paintings. Lovely!