"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Art of Tyrus Wong

We are planning to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to see "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong", exhibiting August 15th, 2013 to February 3rd, 2014.

Tyrus Wong, A Kiting Legend courtesy of the Drachen Foundation website

In 2007, the National Watercolor Society presented Tyrus Wong with the prestigious "Life Achievement Award". I was accepted in the exhibit, won an award and attended the awards luncheon where they honored Mr Wong. They exhibited some of his wonderful kites on the ceiling of the hotel where the luncheon was held. It was so nice to see this very, multi-talented man and hear him speak. He started his career with the Walt Disney Studios in their animation department then moved to Warner Brothers where he remained for the next twenty-six years as a production illustrator.

A film about Tyrus Wong, "Brushstrokes in Hollywood" is currently in post production in LA, Ca.

"Reclining Nude" by Tyrus Wong, Oil on Canvas

"The Red Fox" by Tyrus Wong for Disney's movie, "Bambi"

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Work: "Koi Pair"

I am always happy and pleased when I finish a painting. It's almost as fun as starting one!
This watercolor, "Koi Pair" is 20"x28" and painted on Arches 140 Cold Press paper. The reference photo was from the Huntington Library I shot on a past visit there. The ponds at the Library Gardens are lovely and I feel fortunate to be able to visit such a beautiful place now and then!

"Koi Pair", watercolor, 20"x28"                        Kathleen Ballard