Monday, July 25, 2016

Peaceful

"Forest Bouquet" by Eyvind Earle

Even though it was super hot last Friday, I drove to triple-digit Glendale. I wanted to see the exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum. The featured show is Eyvind Earle, painter and a Disney legend. He was most famous for painting backgrounds for Disney films. I was startled by the beauty and starkness of his paintings.
Looks like Sleeping Beauty's Castle to me!

"Monument Valley" by Eyvind Earle 

The exhibition was quite large and contained paintings as well as drawings and an informative film about Earle's painting process.  His landscapes seem other-worldly to me. They are so commanding! The exhibit runs through January 2017.
In the first gallery there are religious artifacts and beautiful stained glass windows. The gift shop offers a few interesting items. Also, the air-conditioning is arctic!
The Museum at Forest Lawn Glendale is one of the best kept secret museums in Los Angeles.  
Just driving through the memorial park is inspiring.  There are lovely gardens, statues, mosaics, chapels and more. It really is a peaceful, serene and beautiful place. Have you seen the movie, "The Loved One?"  A few scenes of that movie were shot at this cemetery, along with scenes at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  Also, the main founder of Forest Lawn, Dr. Hubert Eaton, was spoofed in this excellent film, based on Evelyn Waugh's book of the same name. 
Spoof or not, Eaton knew what he was doing when he created his various Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in California. The Parks are for the enjoyment of the living, not the dead!

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