Bracketed by Walt Disney reading quotes from Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit, this delightful short from 1958 briefly visits four Disney animators in the studio, where three of them are at the time working on the classic Sleeping Beauty animated feature, and then follows them into the California countryside, where they paint an old live oak.
Accompanied by jaunty Disney documentary background music, the four artists, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Joshua Meador and Walt Peregoy, set up their equipment and, in a variety of media and styles, each paint their interpretation of the subject.
I was particularly interested in the approach of Eyvind Earle, who I have featured previously, as he painted the detailed textures of the gnarled tree trunk in casein (images above, bottom two). Earle eventually went on to a successful career as a gallery artist.
[Via Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing]
Eyvind Earle (update)
Eyvind Earle website
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There are moments in our lives, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge. – Robert Henri
I read this book back in school. A Must!
Thank you so much for this post. I have just watched the whole video twice, enthralled. It is so good to be reminded that you don’t have to be like anyone else, in fact shouldn’t be like anyone else. It is OK to just journey on trying to express your own vision.
What a wonderful video, thanks for sharing!
I have always loved Disney movies since I was a child.. not just the story itself but I’m also very much fascinated with the beauty of colors and the paintings.. Eyvind Earle brings out the beauty and spirit of his paintings. A very visually impressive work of art.
Thanks, Charley. This is a keeper.
I can’t believe you found this!! I will never forget seeing this movie as a 5 year old child in Kindergarten. It was the first time I realized how I loved art, and I was drawn to a certain style. This always remained in my memory and to see it now, is so exciting.
Thank you for sharing.
How really special,
I posted the above video on another forum. Some posted this.
For the benefit of other readers, this is a video of Walter Peregoy at Disney Animation Studios, posted by his great-neice.
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