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    Mary Blair Melody Time "Once Upon a Wintertime" Concept/Color Key Painting (Walt Disney, 1948). "Don't you kind of love December, when the merry snowbells chime? We're together, once upon a wintertime!". These are the words to the opening song as Jenny and Joe go for a Wintertime sleigh ride. Many believe this short was the truest reflection of Mary Blair's style of any that she worked on. Here original concepts featured the sled being pulled by reindeer, indicating that this horse-drawn version was created in the final stages of the film's development. A very similar scene appears around the 15:00 mark to the segment. This is an original Color Key/concept painting by Disney artist and color stylist by Mary Blair (1911 - 1978) painted in gouache on 12" x 10" board. The quaint image of falling snow, bare trees, and pink cottages in this painting are almost identical to the film. Even the red sled and green blanket were kept in place. The whimsical blue and pink pallet is classic Mary Blair at her best. Minor handling and pinholes in corners. Very Good condition.

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