part of my aussie family
was visiting here in
ann arbor, michigan, usa
bunbury, western australia
went to a local county beekeepers meeting
some of my family who live here
came face to face with
the same time and place
turned and talked
went their separate ways once again.
Distance from Ann Arbor to Bunbury
an apparition or double of a living person.
credits: p. porter, geomaps.com
such a wild adventure
grandie m’s 9th birthday fun
special ops teams, nerf guns, fairy bread, burger bar, headbands, sunglasses and laughs
one powerful team member even offered a great tip
when she warned me:
“never trust a panda with a gun.”
‘it’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye, then it’s just fun you can’t see.”
has died at home. surrounded by family, at age 106.
A Chinese immigrant, Mr Wong’s vibrant paintings captured Walt Disney’s eye and became the basis of the film’s distinct style. In a statement, the Walt Disney Family Museum said “his influence on the artistic composition of the animated feature Bambi cannot be overstated.”
Mr Wong emigrated to the United States from China as a child, with his father – leaving behind his mother and a sister he would never see again. After studying as an artist, he began working with Disney in 1938 as an “inbetweener”, drawing hundreds of pictures between poses to create the illusion of motion.
When the film studio began pre-production on Bambi, “he went home and painted several pictures of a deer in a forest”, the Disney museum said. “Walt Disney saw that Tyrus was able to produce exquisite artwork that did not necessarily look like the forest – but rather, felt like the forest. Walt’s vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus’ work still influences films today,” it said. Tyrus Wong only worked at Disney for three years, moving to Warner Brothers as a concept artist, designing greeting cards for Hallmark on the side.
After retiring, he turned to creating hundreds of elaborate bamboo kites, received many awards in recognition of his work, and became the subject of a documentary about his life, TYRUS. Writing about his death, the documentary’s director said “with his passing, we have lost a brilliant artist, motion picture and animation legend, Chinese American pioneer, and hero. “Tyrus always faced adversity with dignity, courage, and art… he awed us with his talent, charmed us with his boyish humour, and moved us with his humility, generosity, resilience, and big heart.”
“the secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure.
so, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting.
the secret is not to look back.”
– norman rockwell
credits: walt disney studios, bbc canada, TYRUS, image copyright: sara jane boyers
what a lovely day for a walk in ann arbor
with some of my friends and neighbors
“today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light
chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,
and then the shadow sweeps it away. you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,
trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”
― annie dillard
image 1 credit: ann arbor townies