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This clip runs a good 15 minutes. If you become bored at the outset jump to the 6:28 mark when the animators head outside to paint outdoors. It's nice to know plein air painting didn't completely disappear during the salad days of Modernism. Modernism may have impacted the plein air genre but it did not kill it.
No matter how far away from Naturalism a Disney movie went, Walt insisted his animators start at the source, which to him was the real world. This makes Walt close kin to the likes of Cezanne, who once said "Nature is the best instructor" and William Merritt Chase, who said, "I don't believe in making pencil sketches and then painting a landscape in your studio. You must be right under the sky."
In fact, Disney Studios has helped train thousands of artists to work directly from life. This video shows why.
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