Disney animation on blu-ray is a present for your eye.
The rich color, sharp outlines and masterpiece visuals are readily relishable and it wrenches my artistic soul in the best way possible to be able to appreciate clearly the work and craftsmanship of the many artists that make these enchanting films. And you know I’m not biased. The fact that I’ve been spoon fed on Disney movies, own more “children’s films” from the mouse market than an eight year old, tear up when I enter the Disney Store, and shaped my whole artistic appreciation based on their distinct style makes me as objective as a cult member.
Sleeping Beauty – visually – is probably my favorite Disney Feature, largely due to the influence of the background painter and color stylist, Eyvind Earle. Without sounding like a smile pinched QVC host, the Sleeping Beauty blu-ray is full of really captivating featurettes on Earle and his amazing life and artistic process. I’ll let you experience that on your own or let you rifle towards wikipedia for his full bio, but the important bit is that Earle is one of my favorite fine artists. My brother in law’s father is also a huge fan (and has an original print ::wrings hands from geeking out:: ) and let me borrow a book full to the gills of Earle’s work. Hundreds of colorful surreal landscapes, wizened trees, reaching mountains, lush pastures, and floggers… the colors! Vibrant hues and passion filled strokes (of paint) make Earle an inspiration to me.
His treatment of nature reminds me to relax about art and to surrender to being moved by creativity and not the final product. So, lately I’ve been doing some loose, Earle inspired works to unwind and just stretch my tight muscles. Seriously, I’m a major control freak with art, and my hand and forearm cramps from holding the medium too tightly – my pointer finger folds back to a nearly ninety degree angle from pressure when I’m drawing. My husband has also witnessed many times what he has deemed the “Drawing Face“, where my eyes lock focus, my jaw slides forward, and my mouth forms the shape it might when you think someone in the room may have farted. I imagine when I’m doing a piece inspired by Earle, however, I look like Charlize Theron and the picture of flawless serenity, so don’t burst my bubble.
So, relax and enjoy my digital unwind-y Earle-ish freedom morsels.