many children have stood at this very spot, eyes wide with wonder at
first glimpse of Sleeping
Beauty Castle, since Disneyland® park opened fifty years ago?
was one. On our annual visits to Grandma’s house,we never failed
to make a stop at the Disneyland® park.
I’m sure that some of my romantic ideas about architecture
were formed as I wandered these fabulous
When the Disneyland 50th Anniversary gala was announced, I jumped
at the chance to paint this place of
I was given special permission to set up my easel on Main Street
to paint a plein air study. Swarms of
people gathered round to watch and encourage as I painted Sleeping
Beauty Castle, soon to be festooned
with decorations, flags, and banners celebrating Disneyland’s
50th. I couldn’t resist painting my own family,
buying balloons at the lower right of the canvas, among the diverse
The drama of sunset in my Disneyland 50th Anniversary suggests the
end of an era,while the glowing lights
at the base of the castle remind us that a new age of imagination
and celebration awaits.