Just back from a terrific two days in Disneyland where once again I marveled at the multi-layered beauty of Mary Blair's creations - around the park, all over Its a Small World (designed for the 1965 World Fair in New York) , and in the figurine studies and posters at Disney's Mary Blair exhibition. From Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to a bunch of Golden Books and various murals happy bobble-headed children and friendly colourful animals could coax a smile out of any hard-hearted Scrooge. Here are a couple of examples and a terrific quote from Disney animator Joyce Carlton who worked with Blair:Mary was very friendly and very artistic. She had a lot of glasses. She used to have a lot of different colored contact lenses as well. She used to wear green or blue or any color to go with the outfit she was wearing that day. I’d watch her put them in and I thought, “I wouldn’t want to wear those.” Maybe that affected her colors. Her colors were always bright. She used theatrical gels and cut them up and put them on top of her artwork. I had to match the colors she picked and that was a problem because those colors didn’t exist with the paints we had.
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.