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Magic, Color, Flair

The Walt Disney Family Museum‘s Magic, Color,  Flair: The World of Mary Blair art exhibit in San Francisco closed last weekend, but I was able to go 3 weeks before it made its grand exit! I had been dying to go to this exhibit since they first announced it last year, so I made sure my bum got down to the museum because I’m completely in love and in awe of Mary Blair’s art! I’m sure I’ve mentioned what a huge fan I am of her on numerous occasions here, but I digress.

If you’re not familiar with her, she’s very well known for her bright and cheery concept art for Disney movies (Saludos Amigos, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan), designing It’s a Small World (yes, that ride that you either love or hate at Disneyland. And I wore a Small World inspired outfit for the exhibit too which included my It’s a Small World bag by LeSportsac!), and illustrating children’s books (notably I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss).

Magic, Color, Flair was a retrospective of her work which was utterly fascinating because I’ve only really ever been exposed to the art she’s done for Disney and children’s books. Her earlier work was gorgeous and vibrant, and a bit more realistic than the whimsical art that I grew to adore (you’ll see down below).

I went snap-happy with my camera and took pictures of EVERYTHING. So hopefully people who would’ve love to have gone but couldn’t make it may stumble upon this post. And I hope you all enjoy it too, my little ponies! 🙂

In case you’re wondering what the small text by her photograph says:

Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved, and influential art directors. A protean and prolific painter, designer, and colorist, she found artistic expression in a variety of media, including film production designs; fine art watercolors, print illustrations and advertisements: and large-scale, three-dimensional theme park attractions.

The aim of Magic Color Flair: the world of Mary Blair is to reveal and explore Blair’s artistic process and development. The most obvious aspect of her body of work is sparkling graphic inventiveness and a brilliant color sense that dazzles the eye. But there is also in her art an emotional component – an empathetic identification with characters and situations — that appeals directly to the heart. Disney animation features director Wilfred Jackson’s comment touches upon that a special element in Blair’s creations. The exhibition investigates the sources of her art’s visual and emotional qualities — which melded together, make Blair’s work uniquely appealing.

The nearly two hundred works shown here offer a full and balanced overview of Blair’s almost half century of achievements before, during, and after her Walt Disney tenure.

– John Canemaker
Exhibition Curator 

I’m not able to show you the nearly two hundred works that I took pictures of, but I did my best to include the pieces that I enjoyed and to also make it feel as if you saw the exhibit yourself 🙂

The clipping next to this horse design says:

Miss Mary Robinson, second year student at Chouinard Art School experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she picked up a current issue of a national magazine to find on the back cover advertisement  her winning design in the annual Art Alliance competition.

The competition, which is national in scope, is conducted in the spring but this is the first time that the design had been made public by the company for which it was made. Miss Robinson’s work is called the Trojan Horse design and was made for bath mat, bath towel, small towel, and face cloth for a towel company. She received a $100 award and she competed with thousands of art students and professional artists as well.

According to Mrs. Chouinard, director of the school, the purpose of the competition is to build up interest among artists in this country in types of commercial and industrial design which heretofore have been done during have been done mostly by Europeans. This is the fifth time that a student of this school had won first prize in this competition.

^ This is the cover of a music book and I actually found a beaten up copy of it in my parent’s garage last year! SQUEE!!!

In 1962, Blair created paper sculptures for department store Bonwit Teller’s display windows. Below is one of the sculptures she designed.

Cheers,
Nina

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Curator’s Corner #3: Freddy Scribbles

I stumbled upon the art of Autumm Fredrickson, who goes by the moniker Freddy Scribbles, at Stockton Con last December. I was on the upper level looking below and saw someone flipping though her portfolio and was immediately drawn to the most adorable little print of Loki and I had to have it! It’s currently hanging above my bed 🙂 Freddy Scribbles art consists of many beloved characters from nerd culture — not only does she have the cutest Loki print, but she has all of the Avengers (even Nick Fury and Phil Coulson)! She also makes plushies called Cubies (kyoo-bees) and currently has The Hulk, Thor, Harley Quinn, and some Avengers keychains available in her store (pictured below).

I hope you all enjoy the art of Freddy Scribbles! Be prepared to say “awww!” 😀

Iron Man

Hawkeye and Black Widow

Captain America

Thor and Loki

The Hulk

Phil Coulson and Nick Fury

Hulk and Thor Cubies

White Phoenix

Vanellope Von Schweetz

Death and Delirium from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”

“The Doctor and Sexy”

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn Holiday Cubie

Wonder Woman

You can follow Freddy Scribbles and check out the rest of her art on:

Cheers,
Nina

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Curator’s Corner #2: Nan Lawson

I don’t quite remember how I came across the art of Nan Lawson (I think it might’ve been a random Etsy find), but I just remember immediately falling in love with it! She’s very well known for her super quirky/nerdy art style and pop culture pieces from the likes of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Downton Abbey (I used her Lady Mary shirt in my Thoroughly Modern Mary post awhile ago), The Avengers, Doctor Who, Wes Anderson, etc. The Academy Awards also commissioned her earlier this year to create some pieces for their website of iconic cinematic couples for Valentine’s Day that people could send as virtual greetings (The Sound of Music and Gone With the Wind are pictured below). Nan’s work has also appeared in Timeout New York, Zooey Magazine, GadChick, and art galleries such as Gallery 1988.

I hope you all enjoy her work just as much as I do! Be sure to check out where to follow her on the interwebs and buy her prints, t-shirts, and other thing-a-ma-bobs at the end of the post. 🙂

“Summer”

“I Love My Piano”

“I’m Not a Hipster, I Just Dress Like One”

“The Piemaker”

“Max”

“Love is a Book”

“Gatsby”

“Friendship and Bravery”

The Oscars Love Letters – “The Sound of Music” & “Gone With the Wind”

“You Had Me At Meet Tornado”

“Joanie”

“Meow”

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

L-R: “Archer Avenue” & “Richie”

The Jerk

L-R: “The Rest of Our Lives” & “I Love You, But You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About”

“All of Time and Space”

Follow Nan on…

Cheers,
Nina

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Curator’s Corner #1: Megan Lara

For the first installment of Curator’s Corner I’m featuring the beautifully geektastic art of Megan Lara! Like I mentioned in my last outfit post (Royal Peach), I talked about how I first came across Megan’s art a couple years ago when I saw her “Peach Nouveau” design on TeeFury. I love how many of her pieces are done in an art nouveau style that channels Alphonse Muncha with characters from geeky franchises such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, classic Nintendo ladies, etc. But she’s no one trick pony — she does way more than geek nouveau! Megan’s work ranges from gorgeous and fancy, to sexy, and downright adorable (see “Troy & Abed’s Dope Adventures” below). 

Harry Potte prints L-R: “The Brightest Witch of Her Age” // “Just As Sane As I Am”

Doctor Who – “Geronimo”

Doctor Who companion pin-up series (collaboration with Omega Man 5000)

“Nintendo Nouveau” available as a stretched canvas on Society6

“Daisy Nouveau”

“Laura”

Game of Thrones print – “Through Fire and Flame”

Community prints L-R: “The Needlessly Defiant” // “The Day Planner”

Community print – “Troy & Abed’s Dope Adventures”

“Natural Beauty” (and no, that is not Poison Ivy)

L-R: The Labyrinth “As The World Falls Down” // Beetlejuice “Utterly Alone”

Firefly Les Femme poster set available on QMx

All photos courtesy of Megan Lara

There are SO MANY more pieces by Megan that I’d like to add on, but I think this ought to suffice!

Please be sure to check out and follow Megan on…

Cheers,
Nina

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New Blog Series: Curator’s Corner

I’ve had my blog for quite some time now and I can’t help but feel like it’s missing something.

That something? A weekly series! Ever since I started going to Comic Con in 2004, I’ve grown an affinity for the contemporary art scene since they [Comic Con] exposed me to so many of the wonderful artists that are out there. So every week I’ll be featuring the work of an artist I love in  Curator’s Corner. The artists that I plan on showcasing I either came across at a con, found on the interwebs via Etsy, TeeFury, Flickr, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (said in the voice of the King of Siam).

I hope you’ll all enjoy this series. Expect the first one to be up by Wednesday!

Cheers,
Nina

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