"Go forward with what you have to say, expressing things as you see them"~ Robert Henri
No truer statement can be conveyed from one artist to another.
Create as you know how, where in art, there is no right or wrong. That last part is from me, telling you a lesson I have learned from these last few years I have delved more deeply into my own art.
Which brings me to this: a very interesting and thought provoking short film called "4 Artists Paint 1 Tree". It is a 16 minute Disney film narrated by Walt Disney himself, and it tells of a day when 4 Disney artists went up into the hills to paint a tree. It was an old Oak tree, and each artists' interpretations and styling of the tree were remarkably different and unique!
The four artists that participated that day were:
Marc Davis-a Disney Animator who animated such characters as Snow White, Bambi, Mr. Toad, Alice and Cruella De Vil to name a few. He also later worked for Disney Imagineering and helped create such rides as The Jungle Cruise,Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.
Joshua Meador-who worked at the Studio as an Animator and Supervising Visual Effects Animator. Some of his films include: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. His contribution in special effects for the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea helped Disney Studios win the Academy Award in that category in 1954.
Eyvind Earle-who was already an accomplished artist at a young age and had many art exhibitions under his belt beginning at the age of 14. His art exhibits continued around the world and went on throughout the 1930s and 40s.
It wasn't until 1951 when he began working at Walt Disney studios and where he became a highly notable background artist to work on may of the Disney films including: a short film called "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom", which won an Academy Award in 1953. He went on to receive high claim and continued recognition for his Art Direction for Sleeping Beauty.
Walt Peregoy- who began formal art training at a young age, attending college classes at 12 and continuing college classes until the age of 17, where he attended life drawing classes at Chouinard Art Institute.
Dropping out of high school, he went to work at the Disney Studios as an assistant animator. After few years after joining the U.S. Coast Guard, he returned to Disney to work on such classics as Sleeping Beauty with Eyvind Earle whose own style meshed well with Peregoy's. Besides Sleeping Beauty his work can be seen in the overall styling for "101 Dalmations" and backgrounds for "The Sword and the Stone". He later contributed his design skills for Epcot Center.
So there are the artists who converged one day at a wcertain location in the hills of Los Angeles to paint one tree in their own unique style.
Here is the short film:
And here the 4 artists showing off their work from that day:
All of these artists have helped create some of the most memorable moments in film history and took one day to create a tree in the way THEY saw that tree.
I hope you enjoyed this look at one very extraordinary day in the lives of these very extraordinary artists.
And see my new Mid Mod Halloween art on my Instagram account or in my Etsy shop!