Sunday, May 31, 2009

project 11:52

I participated in Kyle Cameron's 11:52 project the other morning.
What were you doing at exactly 11:52 am?
I was sketching- actually I was sketching while baby sitting my car from the NYPT (New York Police Parking Police). One of the most exceptionally ruthless city departments I have ever encountered.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Last Outpost Art Blog!

Today marks the 3rd year of posts to the Last Outpost! Happy Birthday! This third year, one of my favorite numbers, will be commemorated with a repost of my very first post- looks like I was just getting back from an amazing trip to Italy! The little town of Treviso we stayed in remaining one of my favorite places in the entire world.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial day at the beach

Spent a lovely Memorial Day Weekend at an equally lovely beach. Found some time to break out the DS for a quick color sketch of one of the many coves we lazily spent our mornings and afternoons at.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Warm Wednesday Night Long Pose

Oil on a 9x12 board and a couple hours
For all you workshop/figure painting junkies, I made yet another gallery where these quickstudies can all live. Eventually I will make a button for the right hand column, but for now you can access it by clicking here. Happy Spring!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My early brush with Fame: Bianca Majorie

Im not sure what brought up this long lost memory, but the other morning it all popped into my head. I couldnt of been any older than 7, and I recall this woman named Bianca who lived down the street from us that my parents had become friends with. I clearly remember her face, her little house in Santa Cruz, and a handful of paintings propped against the wall. I also remember hearing how she had worked at Disney and with what I recall as some bitterness, she had developed the character Dumbo.
I was having a hard time sleeping that morning so I got up and did a little research, and yup, there she was, Bianca Majorie, the first woman to be hired by Walt to the Story department at Disney in the '30's. All of you in the business understand what a monumental achievement it is to make it into the story department, and for a woman in the 1930s to be brought into such a male dominated industry should clearly indicate what a Titan she must have been. Im happy that I was able to find out about her, but still its disappointing nothing what so ever is mentioned about her in my Disney Animation Studios "Story" Archive Book or much at all anywhere, even though she seems to be truly a monumental and historical figure of the Animation industry. One touching and profound quote of hers does remain though in regards to the Elmer the Elephant story; "that usefulness is more important than beauty ... that things that are not decorative may be extremely useful and should be cherished for that reason."