I thought i was excited about the Beauty & the Beast live action movie when it came out, I was enamored when I was it. It was so exstravagent and the costumes were amazing. It's a movie I could watch again and still be in awe, there's always something to discover in it.
What did you think if the live action beauty and the beast?
The Little Mermaid actually began development in the late 1930s & early 1940s adapted from a Hans Christian Anderson story but was set aside for other animated projects. It was re-opened until the mid- 1980s were they decided to take away the dark aspects and make it child-friendly and add a happy ending.
Did you have any idea the Little Mermaid was such an old project?
I think Maleficent is the most recognizable of Disney villains.
The style of Sleeping Beauty was based on the art of Eyvind Earle. He was know for his strong vertical lines and gothic elegance. He was involved in all aspects of planning but mostly painted the backgrounds. The initial sketches for Makeficent were of a wrinkled, creepy old with but Earle's backgrounds were so regal they decided to make her an elegantevil queen. Her headdress was meant to resemble the wings of a bat with the horns of a devil.
Did you envision bats and devils when you saw her?
Walt Disney said that the fairy godmother should be "The Fairy Godmother should have a kindly voice with a certain age in it. I don't see her as being goofy or stupid, but rather as having a wonderful sense of humor."
Cinderella, I think, is the most classic Disney Princess. She was the designed by Mary Blair.
I was in awe taking Studying Under the Masters learning about Mary Blair because I realized that in the original Cinderella she had to paint each and every picture that was made into the movie. I can't imagine the patience that took. After I learned that it was fun to watch original Cinderella and really look at the work knowing that an animated movie was made out of a bunch of paintings.
Looking at Mary Blair I feel like she painted Cinderella to look like herself!
I was surprised by early concepts of Snow White. The original ideas for the Evil Queen made me laugh. She was described as "fat, batty, cartoon type, self-satisfied" Walt Disney didn't find that to be plausible. He then took on plot development himself and came up with a queen who was "a high collar stately beautiful type"whose "beauty is sinister, mature, plenty of curves – she becomes ugly and menacing when scheming."
Snow White is the first of the Disney Princesses. She was described as "hair as black as ebony, lips as red as the rose, skin as white as snow." Animators initially sketched her in resemblance to Betty Boop but Walt Disney felt that was too cartoonish.
It's October and that means, write 31 days! For the last 3 years, I have posted paintings about one topic each day of October. This year, I am doing 31 days of disney because everyone loves Disney and I love painting Disney. Happy 31 Days of Disney!!
I have to start the month with where Disney began. Maybe the second of where Disney began. Disney began with Mickey Mouse and ofcourse he needed a cute girl by his side. Minnie Mouse was created! She so so fun and sassy!
Fall seems to be everyone's favorite season, at least that's what most people say, even when Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year! Why is it? Is it the cooler temperatures, the rich colors changing, everything pumpkin, or going out of your way to step in that crunchy looking leaf! I don't know, but here's a list a fun things to add to your fall bucket list to get the most out of the season.
- bake a pie -have a smore's campfire - visit a pumpkin patch -make leaf art - pick apples - make and eat caramel apples - go trick-or-treating - drink hot apple cider - make fall cookies - have a photoshoot in a leaf pile - carve a pumpkin - navigate a corn maze
- Jump in a big pile a leaves
- Go to a football game
- toast pumpkin seeds
- visit a haunted house
- collect leaves and acorns
- watch a "family tradition" movie
- dress up for Halloween
- bake pumpkin bread
- make a fall wreath
My favorite is a smores bon fire but let's be honest, s'mores are perfect no matter what season it is! What is on your fall bucket list
The thing I admire the most about Joanna's work is how precise it is. That sounds a little boring but it's really amazing. Her work is so perfect. Everything is symmetrical and exact. It's flawless. I practice over and over and things inevitably come out uneven. Joanna has a real skill and it's awesome.
For the first time, pantone has released two color reports for fall. One based on New York's fashion week and one on London's.
Last week, I posted about how to mix New York colors and this week we'll mix London's colors.
Pantone describe the London choices as:
“Led by a vivid Flame Scarlet, the color palette for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 is comprised of strong classics colors complemented by a few unpredictable shades for the autumn and winter seasons,” noted Eiseman. “Unexpected combinations such as Royal Lilac and Otter Brown or Lemon Curry with Bluebell are eye-arresting and create an unusual color dichotomy.”
It's pretty much a classic and very easy to quote. I thought it was funny one time I went for an mri, they asked me to pick a movie to be played. I picked Legally Blonde and the tech said "I love it when people pick this one."
Just. So. Much. Fun. I love how Sandra Bullocks character is awkward yet endearing and makes the guys family fall in lover with her. it never occurs to him that she isn't like anything he's normally date, they just like her!
Is there any hairstyle more coveted than beachy waves? When summer roles around everyone seems to want their tresses gently tousled like they just fell like that on their own but hate to admit *sigh* that they took some work to get them just right.
- Start with damp hair abd spritz it with a salt spray or make your own
- grab a large barrel curling iron or flat iron
- pick a section of hair depending on how tight you want the wave (large = loose & small = tight) and wrap around your curling iron, let set for a minute and release
- repeat around hair
- spray with hairspray
And voila in 10-20 minutes you can have hair that looks like you just stepped off the beach!!
About the time I started learning figure drawing, Holly Nichols of HNicholsIllustration, opened her shop! So I like to think I've been following her and have been encouraged by her since her career's beginning.
Holly began fine art lessons as a child and studied studio art in college. One class involved illustration markers that she used in her free time to sketcg runway designs on napkins. Through practice she created her own style and through the prompting of friends, she opened an etsy shop.
To test out the Jane Davenport Mixed Media paper, I decided to buy the 9x12 large canvas journal. JDMM offers journals in multiple sizes and the option of a printed or a blank canvas cover. All of them including the same paper. The blank canvas cover is meant for us to paint and create a cover ourselves which I thought was really fun!
The paper inside is 120 lbs. heavy enough for watercolor and durable enough for mixed media. One thing that makes this journal unique is that one side of the paper is a smooth hot press and the other side of the paper is a textured cold pressed, again giving you options to see what you like best and what works best for different mediums.
The binding is neatly stitched between the pages so it lays flat open. The first thing I noticed about the paper was how light it is. I expected it to be very heavy and dense given that it is a watercolor weight. One side is smooth, hot press and the other is textured, cold press. I also expected the cold press texture to be bumpy but it is more lightly texture and the texture didn't affect the smoothness of sketching on it to much.
Knowing Jane Davenport is all about mixed media I decide to try different mediums to see how they held up.
Staedler Water Pencils went down nicely and melted well when I applied water.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens didn't melt well when I applied water, it took a lot of water for it not to look streaky and the paper started to pill some. After it dried I was able to brush the little pilled (is that a word?) pieces off.
When I tried watercolor on it, it held its place well. A lot of papers drip the watercolor and it gets frustrating when colors bleed more than I intended them too. I was happy to see this and so far as I try more water it will hold up. A few times it has buckled some but overall buckling has not been a large issue.
I am most impressed over how it holds watercolor instead of dripping together if the colors get close. This is a really good sketchbook, the paper is light and flexible, the book lays open flat, and the watercolor doesn't run together too much.
Have you tried any of the JDMM products? What did you think of them?
I don't remember when I first hear about Marian Jordan Ellis but I know that when I first read a book of hers I was hooked. Marian Jordan Ellis is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries.
The first book of hers I read was The List. It is a book about how we all have a list in our heads of what our life should be and how holding tightly to that list leads to disappointment. Throughout the book she challenges us to turn our list over to God and embrace His direction for our life. She talks dynamically about her experiences and pulls from Scripture to clearly explain her points. It's one of the most challenging books I have and I knew I had to read more.
Besides how convictingly Marian writes and speaks I love seeing how her story has played our and the journey her faith has taken her on. It's very encouraging!
Take a few minutes to look at her website, vist her blog and this recent post one of her best in my opion, read one of her books, or listen to a podcast. You won't be disappointed!
I'm also excited to have found out that Maria has a new book coming out August 1st, just a few days away, called Stand !