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BLAZING GLORY Eyvind Earle We recently attended a beautiful exhibit at Forest Lawn Museum focusing on the work of Eyvind Earle. Magical, soothing and colorful are the first words that come to mind when I think of his work. But before I get into the show, can I just say that I've never been to this museum? I'm so ashamed to admit that I've lived in LA for, wow, 12 years! And I did not know that Forest Lawn had a museum. A wonderful museum, at that. Great space, views, all of it.

COASTAL PARADISE Eyvind EarleEyvind Earle: The Exhibition of a Disney Legend

OK, so back to Eyvind and the Exhibit of a Disney Legend. The show is a centennial celebration of the artist's work and is the first major exhibition in LA in over 25 years. Admittedly, when I was invited I did not know too much about the artist and his entire body of work, but I knew that he created several background paintings for the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty, which was all the reason I needed to attend. His work is stunning. Who doesn't want to wonder, marvel and get lost in beautiful art work? After all, that's what Disney is all about. I wanted to see these paintings up, close and personal. PARADISE Eyvind EarleThe exhibition did not disappoint. There was even a short film featuring the artist painting away on several canvases at a time, which gave us insight into how he created his pieces. We were surprised to learn that they were all from memory. He lays out a black pattern at first in acrylics then slowly builds up in oils. The simplicity of it was fascinating. PURPLE FOG Eyvind EarleThis is from memory? He had quite a magical mind with a very beautiful glimpse into the feeling behind what I saw and remembered. THE SHADOWS DEEPEN Eyvind EarleIf you're in LA, take up drive up Forest Lawn to see Eyvind Earle: The Exhibition of a Disney Legend. The show is filled with more than seven decades of Earle's oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketches. The show ends January 1st. THREE NOBLE HORSES Eyvind Earle

Images courtesy of Eyvind Earle Publishing