As part of my creative family tree project, I started studying Mary Blair. You might remember the idea for this project comes from Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist where he suggests you climb your own family tree. You select one artist you love and study them carefully. Then you choose an artist that they loved and find out all you can about that person, continuing up and building out your branches.
A few artists that I really enjoy have said they are inspired by Mary Blair. I wasn't at all familiar with her as an artist but of course I recognized her work for Disney. When I do my research I'll do a google search and get a few basics online but I like to do most of it through books. I was able to get Mary Blair: Treasury of Golden Books from my local library. There's a couple page intro about the artist and then the rest of the book is five golden books that she illustrated. It's wonderful to flip through. I'm so drawn to her simplicity of shape but playfulness in color, line, and pattern. Here's a few quotes from Mary Blair:
“You get an education in school and in college. And then you start to work. And that’s when you learn!”
"Walt said that I knew about colors that he had never heard of before."
"Almost all artwork, no matter the final form, begins with drawing because drawing is the artist's fundamental tool."