I have this feeling of literally catching my breath... seeing these moments from the day, when we were so awe-inspired, so thrilled to be seeing original sketches, concept art, backdrops, paintings, scale models! He is one of our favorite artists, and first-hand glimpses into his imagination, and all in this space where we could be up close, and feel nearer than ever to art and a spirit world that we love was rousing.
Thanks to the smooth sailing, and little traffic, we arrived well ahead of admission time, and so we got to explore the Wilshire Boulevard museum complex that includes Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where First Lady and President Obama's portraits are being exhibited. That is just one more reason we can't wait to get back to Los Angeles! We would also have fun popping back into an old favorite, the Tar Pits! You can have a lot of fun both inside, and outside of the La Brea Tar Pits! It's been too long since our last visit in the museum.
Acorn, Janece, and Paul are big Miyazaki fans, too, and we all got to share in the magic, together. Alas, no photography was allowed in the exhibit, and believe me... it wasn't easy to resist. I am totally respectful of the policy, but I would love to share (at least) quotes, models, ambient elements, the stone spirit sculpture, the... everything! His background paintings are exquisite... the effect of depth, through colors, details, and skillful mastery of perspective are mindboggling. And how beautifully he can make simple sketches, mere lines and curves, evoke whatever he wishes to convey, including action, emotion, is simply breathtaking. All of our photographs are from LACMA, La Brea, and the approach to the Miyazaki exhibit... beyond those walls are some of the works that brings a spirit world of animation and imagination to life. Fugetsu-Do. These beautiful confections are made at this family owned and operated confectionary since 1903!
This was a special outing, a fitting celebration, and an auspicious start to Maria's new year. We were exclaiming, and sighing with awe, from inspiration.
The Miyazaki retrospective will be at the Academy Museum until June 5, 2022.