Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mary Blair

The daily search for inspiration is an easy one today, as today is Mary Blair’s 100th birthday. Mary was a true innovator, and a driving force behind many of Disney’s most memorable animations including Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.

Her brilliant work as a concept designer, colorist, and art director continues to have a lasting impact on art makers all over the world.

Born Mary Robinson in Oklahoma in 1911, she attended L.A.’s esteemed Chouinard Art Institute, soon making her way in an industry then dominated by men.
Both her husband, Lee Everett Blair, and her brother-in-law, animator Preston Blair, were also artists.

Mary joined the Disney studio in 1940, where she and her husband created concept art for many of Walt Disney’s films. After she left Disney more than a decade later, her graphic work included major advertising campaigns and illustrations for Simon and Schuster’s Golden Books for children.

Looking back on Blair’s work reminds us of the importance of being a creator. Whenever an artist begins to imagine and to make, something of the moment of creation becomes permanent and manifests as a physical object that enters the world and begins to effect the people around it. This is an important part of making, realizing the lasting impact of art once created. Enjoy the process and create beauty, then share your art with the world.

Adapted and shared from the Society of Tole and Decorative Painters. 10-21-11

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful Autumn weekend.
I am elbow deep in my studio working long hours to stock the shelves HERE and adding lots of new treasures to arrive Nov.4th in my shoppe. You are invited to stop by Shabby Cottage Shops to browse and shop our Christmas shopping event going on right now through Dec.8th. Wonderful treasures can be found among the best boutiques participating.
See you soon.


Shabby Cottage Shops said...

Hi, just popped to to take a peek and see what's happening at Celestina Marie Designs. I love your new look of your blog, it's fabulous!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, looking forward to featuring your boutique in the Christmas Shoppe...shh don't tell when, it is Santa's secret!

Createology said...

Happy Birthday Mary Blair! Celestina this is a lovely tribute to a very talented woman. Quite the inspiration...

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Thanks for your note and yes, in a hurry I had mixed the birthday with his day of departure... SORRY!
You contributed such a lovely post today, especially for someone not born in this country it is valuable information!
Love to you and enjoy your 'hectic' production time of your own creation of beatiful art.


1CardCreator said...

Lovely tribute to a beloved artist, thanks for sharing.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Happy birthday to Mary Blair, and was great to find out about this Artistic Lady.
How very talented she was with creating the animations for Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo and Peter Pan, childhood favourites and bring back such happy memories.
Thanks for sharing, hope that you are having a lovely weekend and having lots of fun creating.


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste, thanks for telling us about Mary, you have inspired me to do research on her to find out more.

Get those elbows out of the studio and enjoy some we deserved time off.


Mari said...

Hi Celeste~I love your hand painted candle, its just beautiful!!! Happy birthday to Mary Robinson!!


Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... your posts are always so informative... hope you are having a beautiful Autumn day... I sent you an email... xoxo Julie Marie

Jenna said...

Hi Celeste! I wanted to stop in and say hi. I went to the store yesterday and found that ribbon I love so much :o) they only had two rolls left so I snatched them up...LOL! I hope your having a nice week, I can't wait to see more of your pretties. Don't work to hard! hugs Jennifer

Tina said...

I was always love Disney's cartoon.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..