The Sleeping Beauty, by Maxfield Parrish. My all-time favorite Disney film (but it should have been the blue dress!), love the Tchaikovsky ballet, and has offered so many fantastic derivations. Sometimes I think, wish, pray, I’m still asleep and waiting for my prince to defeat the dragon and wake me. .
@thereadingcornerforall tagged me for #fairytalebooktag so here goes...
Favorite fairy tale villain: The Beast, because he’s not the villain in the end. The villain looks fairer and feels fouler, as Frodo would say. .
Favorite fairytale retelling: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Entirely original and combines so many different fairy tales - every time I thought I knew where we were going, she changed directions in the most delightful ways. .
Fairytale that makes me feel strong: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Also ties for favorite retelling, but wins here because of how it reminds me not to wait for the Prince, not to trust first impressions, but to rely on my own strength and intuition. .
Fairytale that gives you the feels: Peter Pan by J M Barrie. Too many feels to go into here. .
It’s a great #SaturdayMorning to get out and explore #CenterCity! Did you know Philadelphia's mosaic, "The Dream Garden" by #MaxfieldParrish is comprised of over 100,000 pieces? Check it out for yourself at 6th and Walnut!
ART reDiscovered: Did Maxfield Parrish invent 4-color process color mixing?
For those not familiar with Parrish’s work, he was one of the most celebrated illustrators of the early 20th century. With his highly saturated colors and fantasy images, he decorated the covers and pages of both adult and children’s literature, posters and calendars. In 1910 he was earning the equivalent of 2.5 million a year, and that was before his wildly popular “Day Break” series in the 1920s.
Parrish longed for higher intensity color that was befitting of his fantastic imagery. As early as 1902, he experimented with a highly original method, which borrowed from glazing techniques of the past, but on steroids.
He would start with a white panel and would paint in four successive colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. To prevent the colors from physically mixing, he would paint over each color with a solid layer of varnish before proceeding to the next layer.
This process mimics what some had done experimentally with color separation in photography, filtering out for one color at a time. But it was Eagle Printing Ink Company that first to develop the 4-Color Inks (CMYK) in 1906 to produce maximum color intensity, and is still used today.
In writings about Parrish’s methods presume that he used these colors as a response to the printing industry as a way of aligning his work to maximize the results of the color inks use in the printing. Such writings are based on a partially reworked painting called “Dreaming” that reveal the layering process, where we can see the first layer of Cyan and subsequent mixtures.
But there's evidence that he was painting this way well before 4-color inks were established, as early as 1902, coinciding with a trip to Arizona for Century Magazine to illustrate a series of color plates including the Grand Canyon. The dry clear quality of the sky and landscape forever changed his color sensibilities, demanding ever greater color intensity. Other examples exist in the 1904 paintings “Dinky Bird” and “Air Castle,” where his skies take on a blue later named “Parrish Blue,” for the intensity of the color.
So, did #maxfieldparrish Parrish invent CMYK?
Something I hope to one day emulate is the dreamy looks in the art of #maxfieldparrish. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to create something that reminds me of Parrish’s amazing works, when I’m fortunate enough to be collaborating with the fine talents of folks like @is_a_bell_a_bell and @big_sur_flowers in a setting as aaahmaaazing as #point16 in Big Sur!😍💗😍💗😍
Happy New Moon in Gemini🌟Mercury has just moved into Cancer and Venus follows shortly into Leo. Things in our personal worlds are shifting. We’re slowly moving out of the exclusively cerebral space of Gemini Land we’ve been obsessed with lately. Our thoughts and words now take on definite Feeling Tones. Listen to your heart and let it lead you in setting new intentions for this New Moon Cycle. Be ready to shift and change even with those heartfelt goals and dreams. Be mercurial, spontaneous and flow with your thoughts and feelings. Remember to share the spotlight as you honor your right to be your true self🌟 #newmoon#gemini
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"Beautiful Night" by Modern Master Damien Hirst. This work measures 72" in diameter, is oil on canvas has a complete provenance and exhibition history, and was painted in 2007. Provident Fine Art, 125 Worth Ave, Palm Beach FL
Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)
Study for Janion's Maple (Under Summer Skies)
• "'Only God can make a tree.' True enough, but I'd like to see him paint one." (as quoted in C. Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 177) •
Maxfield Parrish is a name synonymous with the Golden Age of Illustration in American Art. His body of work represents some of the most widely recognized images of the 20th century, including his public mural commissions and his familiar storybook illustrations. The present work is a preliminary oil study for a larger work, Janion's Maple (Under Summer Skies), produced in 1956 and published in the 1959 Brown and Bigelow calendar. The artist himself assigned the work the title Janion's Maple, Under Summer Skies was the title assigned by Brown and Bigelow at the time of publication.
November 20, 2017 in New York