Mary Blair: Born October 21, 1911

Her vibrant colors and stylized designs pervade Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950’s and 60’s she brought eye-appealing flair to children’s books (I CAN FLY), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions (such as Disneyland’s IT’S A SMALL WORLD).

Though much of her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction, she was one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, naïve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures…
About Mary~ http://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary.htm

Biography~ http://www.californiawatercolor.com/pages/mary-blair-biography
MARY BLAIR (1911-1978)~ http://www.sullivangoss.com/mary_Blair/

Harris Glenn Milstead: Born October 19, 1945

“We Talk to John Waters and Pat Moran About Divine’s 70th Birthday”  (2015)
His friends remember the legendary drag queenIMG_4196

Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters, at high school in Baltimore, and the two combined to star in and direct several ultra low budget, taboo breaking cult films of the early 1970s. Their first efforts included Roman Candles (1966), Eat Your Makeup (1968) and Mondo Trasho (1969)….however, their most infamous work together was the amazing Pink Flamingos (1972), in which Divine starred as “Babs Johnson”, the “filthiest person alive” living in a pink trailer with her egg-eating grandmother, chicken-loving son and voyeuristic daughter.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001145/bio

Remembering legendary drag queen, Divine in photos
11 Throwback Photos Of Divine

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/30~

What American experimental filmmaker, painter, and sculptor was best known for his films, which combine painting, hand-drawn rotoscoping, photographs, and other materials?

What photographer captured many of the defining images of the U.S. civil rights struggle, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/30/september-30/

Winsor McCay: Born September 26, 1867?

WinsorMcCayBiography~ http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/mccay.htmLittleNemo
Winsor McCay: His Life and Art: San Francisco Silent Film Festival~ http://www.silentfilm.org/archive/winsor-mccay-his-life-and-art
Dream of the Rarebit Fiend~ http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-century-old-comic-strip-devoted-to-cheese-fueled-nightmares
Little Nemo in Slumberland~ http://www.gocomics.com/little-nemoTime


9 Films of Winsor McCay~
http://mentalfloss.com/article/54989/beyond-gertie-9-films-winsor-mccay

Man Ray: Born August 27, 1890

RayMan Ray, the master of experimental and fashion photography was also a painter, a filmmaker, a poet, an essayist, a philosopher, and a leader of American modernismBorn Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890, Man Ray spent most of his young life in Williamsburg, jazzBrooklyn. The eldest child of an immigrant Jewish tailor, he was a mediocre student who shunned college for the bohemian artistic life in nearby Manhattan. In New York he began to work as an artist, meeting many of the most important figures of the time...Man Ray left New York for Paris in 1921—marking a continuous stream of tempestuous and often doomed romances. kikiThrough Duchamp, Man Ray met some of the most exciting artists and thinkers in Paris. Though he didn’t speak a word of French at first, he was welcomed into this group and became its unofficial photographer. Among the many models from this period wereart Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertude Stein, James Joyce, and the famous performer, Kiki of Montparnasse...Though deeply immersed in the artistic life of France, World War II forced Man Ray to leave Paris, and he moved to Hollywood…He spent ten years there working as a fashion photographer. With his rayographbrave use of lighting and minimalist representation, Man Ray produced fashion photographs unlike any that had come before—and forever changed that discipline. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/man-ray/prophet-of-the-avant-garde/510/

The Man Ray Trust~ http://www.manraytrust.com/
Man Ray: The Painter~ http://structureandimagery.blogspot.com/2012/03/man-ray-painter.html
Man Ray’s Other Passion, Printmaking~
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/12/man-ray-prints_n_4078032.html
Photographer Man Ray: A Film by Jean-Paul Fargier 1998~ https://youtu.be/s8gJJaUuWco

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The World’s First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie (1908)

  • On the 17th of August 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first fully animated feature film was released in Paris by the Gaumont company. Created by Emile Cohl, Fantasmagorie is considered one of the masterpieces of animated cinema and of early cinema as a whole. Done in a white-on-black style, reminiscent of a film negative, the film broke with the realist tradition emerging in live action at the time. It was much more stylized and fantastic, in some ways anticipating the surrealist movement of later decades.
    https://artlark.org/2016/08/17/fantasmagorie-the-first-ever-cartoon/

Cecil B. DeMille: Born August 12, 1881

“If 1,000 years from now, archaeologists happen to dig beneath the sands of Guadalupe, I hope they will not rush into print with the amazing news that Egyptian civilization, far from being confined to the valley of the Nile, extended all the way to the Pacific coast of North America.”  ~”The Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille,” 1959

So why did DeMille choose to bulldoze his set, rather than truck it back to Los Angeles?
“I think there were two things were going on,” Brosnan said, starting with DeMille’s pledge to leave the site as he’d found it. “Hauling away all that statuary would have been very expensive … so I think he pulled a fast one and buried it.”
In addition, he said, “(DeMille) knew that if he left it standing … the very next day somebody would be there filming a quickie on his set and they’d be on the streets with it in a few weeks. He was protecting his patent by taking it down.”
http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/santa-barbara/cecil-b-demill-ten-commandments-excavation-nipomo-dunes.html

California Historical Society: Stills from “The Ten Commandments” 1923
Lost City of DeMille is a 1923 Film Set Buried in the Dunes
Cecil B. Demille’s biography