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The Linda Jones Archive: Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones, Part 2

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CRIER IN THE WILDERNESS by Chuck Jones

Part II

Note from Linda: At the time of this article, February 7, 1957, the lead-in stated the following: “Chuck Jones has been Art Director of the Crier from its infancy, and herein tells you how come. He and Dottie dwell in a fabulous glass-and-stone aerie up in Hollywood Knolls, and Little Linda is all grown up and married.”  I was, as stated in the article, seven years old in 1944. We had a live-in mother’s helper named Mary. Mary was a junior at USC and had been born and raised in Los Angeles. Mary was my bestest friend…and I was heartbroken when she (and her parents) were taken to the Internment Camp for Japanese citizens…Here is Part II of the Canyon Crier article started last week.

 [PART II] – Wifely Wiles

The fact that my wife was not working, an activity usually associated with car-pools, did not really constitute an incongruity in my mind. She already owned a rapier, a euphonium and a suit of formal riding attire, even though she had no interest in swordsmanship (“buttons”), tuba-class instruments, or fox-hunting (‘driving a tack with a sledge hammer”). She simply liked these articles for themselves, and I found it quite believable that she would join a car-pool just to drive out to Cal-ship, wrap bandages, and read Dickens in the back of the car all day, and ride back with the boys at night.

“I read about it in ‘The Canyon Crier’”, she said, producing this miniscule yet action-provoking sheet from behind a package of RUM ‘N MAPLE cigarettes. (Why was it always possible during the war to obtain cartons of RUM ‘N MAPLE cigarettes, when less exotic brands where available only in butt form?)

“The girls up on the ridge do their marketing together on a car-sharing basis,” her lip quivered, “eye wan tu-tu.”

“Eye wan tu-tu?”

She pursed her eye-lids. “I want to, too. I want to car-share, too. I want to ride with the girls and market with the girls. Other wives get to, why not me? I’ll plan a plan so I’ll get it all done at once.”

She was about to offer to hold her breath and turn blue if I refused to listen.

I felt this might be a poor example to our daughter Linda, whose seven-year-old blue-eyed naiveté concealed only too well a jaundiced cynicism toward our ostensible maturity.

[Part III next week!]

The Linda Jones Archive: Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones

The "Canyon Crier" masthead drawn and designed by Chuck Jones, a long-time resident of the Hollywood Hills.

The “Canyon Crier” masthead drawn and designed by Chuck Jones, a long-time resident of the Hollywood Hills.

Crier in the Wilderness by Chuck Jones

Note from Linda: At the time of this article, February 7, 1957, the lead-in stated the following: “Chuck Jones has been Art Director of the Crier from its infancy, and herein tells you how come. He and Dottie dwell in a fabulous glass-and-stone aerie up in Hollywood Knolls, and Little Linda is all grown up and married.”  I was, as stated in the article, seven years old in 1944. I was in the second grade at Valley View School, to which I walked each day…actually uphill (and downhill) both ways! There were 72 steps from the street to our front door. My father’s studio was a room over the garage, which was only 40 steps from the street, but 32 steps down from the front door. I called this the “castle house” and from what I can see of it these days, it looks very much the same as it did in the early forties when we lived there.  —   I have decided to publish this article in six parts, along with the illustrations that accompanied the article at that time. Here is Part I.

[PART I]

The first time I knew that there was such a publication as the “Canyon Crier” was that night during the war when my wife began to make whimpering noises and little dog-like running motions in her sleep. This type of restlessness always presages a complaint or new statement of policy at the following breakfast table, so I was as prepared—to use the term so loosely as to be idiotic—when she gave her first post-orange juice cough. This then was going to be a statement of policy, a new venture or something current on Linda’s up-bringing from Ribble, Ilg, Gesell or Spock, known as RIGS in our household. If it was going to be a complaint, she would have cleared her throat rather than coughing. Thus do we survive through understanding the delicate code of marital communication.

“I’m going to join a car pool,” she said, smearing a quarter pat of butter on a heel of raisin bread toast. (Why is raisin bread so easy to come by during war-time?” The time necessary to chew up and swallow a rag of raisin bread toast was the time allotted me to consider a spate of short-handish thoughts: “Car-pool? Why? Where? Who? How? Huh?”

[Stay tuned…more next week!]

Did You Ever Wonder What an Animation Director Made in 1944?

Chuck Jones’s pay stub for the week ending December 9, 1944. At the time, he was directing animated short films for Leon Schlesinger Studios.

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On January 6, 1945, just a month after the pay stub, Chuck Jones’s famous skunk, Pepe le Pew, made his debut in “Odor-able Kitty”, which had originally been titled, “Forever Ambushed”.

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The model sheets were drawn by Chuck Jones and used by the animators to stay “on model” during the drawing of the cartoon.

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Side note: “Forever Ambushed” is a take-off on the title of bestselling romance novel of 1944, titled, “Forever Amber”. The book was eventually made into a film in 1947 by 20th Century Fox. The Chuck Jones pay stub is from the Linda Jones Clough archive.

Artist Mike Bilz at the Chuck Jones Gallery

Do you have a moment for a funny story? Not funny, “ha, ha”, but funny like “what an interesting coincidence”.

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A couple of years ago, a beautiful bride-to-be named Ashley, came into the gallery to meet with her wedding planner (we share our gallery space with event planners). Carol, our art consultant, and Ashley got to talking and turns out that not only do Ashley and her fiance, Mike, love the art of Chuck Jones, but Mike’s also an artist. Carol invites him to submit a canvas to that year’s Red Dot Auction.

"Genius at Work", fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Genius at Work”, fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

And everyone loved his work (still do, for that matter)! So, that’s how Mike Bilz became one of the artist working with the Chuck Jones Looney Tunes character legacy. Mike’s unusual and funny point-of-view coupled with his rich, baroque palette and luminous painterly technique make for delightfully unique works of art.

"Socially Secure" a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Socially Secure” a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

"Laundry Day" a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

“Laundry Day” a fine art reproduction on canvas by Mike Bilz. Click image for details.

For more information about the original and limited edition art of Mike Bilz, please contact Carol Erickson at the gallery, 949-274-4834 or your own personal Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant.

Mike Bilz signing the Chuck Jones Gallery--Orange County "artist" door. Click image for his biography.

Mike Bilz signing the Chuck Jones Gallery–Orange County “artist” door. Click image for his biography.

Shelby and Sandy @ Chuck Jones Gallery

Brothers Shelby and Sandy made their debut at the Chuck Jones Gallery in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego on Saturday evening, November 12.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

Craig Kausen, left, president of the Chuck Jones Companies, discusses the collaborative work of Shelby (second from right) and Sandy, brother artists.

The brothers “collaborated” with Chuck Jones on the above image, Jones’s last unfinished painting of “Sherwood Forest Group” by creating a cel-like overlay of them and Chuck, along with the Warner Bros. animation characters made famous by Jones sitting around a campfire telling stories.

Regarding the work, they said, “Sherwood Forest Group is Chuck Jones’ final oil painting, left unfinished at the time of his passing in 2002. 14 years later, Shelby and Sandy used traditional cel animation techniques to finish this collaborative painting. The campfire is a metaphor for storytelling, where a narrative is passed on from one to another.”

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Hundreds of guests viewed five new paintings by Shelby and Sandy.

Sought after by Hollywood’s hottest young stars in films and music, such as Zac Efron, Drake, and Mariah Carey, Shelby and Sandy’s commission schedule is booked for the foreseeable future.

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, "Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester".

Shelby, holding phone, and his brother Sandy, pause for a selfie in front of one of their latest paintings, “Pirate Tweety & Pirate Sylvester”.

This, the brother’s gallery debut, was met with great collector enthusiasm. Earlier in the week, their first limited edition fine art reproduction on canvas, sold out within minutes.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

The Murphy family, father Brian, left, with Shelby, mother Diana, Jody, Sandy, and Cory.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Pirate Pepe relaxes amid the flowers. Painting by Shelby and Sandy.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

Collectors of their work pose with Shelby, far right.

You can follow Shelby and Sandy on Instagram: instagram.com/shelbyandsandy/

Photos by Bijan.

 

 

…be counted on to stand up.

1961

Although this quote by Chuck Jones was written  in January of 1961, it is particularly pertinent to today.

“Today, we cannot envisage a protected world that does not include them all, and so [my] hope this year to all people everywhere is for a future–sheltered by the stars, sweetened by clean air, and above all fostering a climate in which no man can be commanded to stand up and be counted–but where every man can be counted on to stand up.” –Chuck Jones

Birth of a Notion–Celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th Birthday!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Art Institute of California–Orange County celebrated Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday with a gala inauguration of a new exhibit, “Birth of a Notion” on his birthday, September 21st. The exhibit chronicles Jones’s passionate belief in the power of the human form as it relates to the production of the animated film.

From left: Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter,

From left: Michael J. Hansen,  Director of the Aussic Gallery at the Art Institute; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Lindsey Morgan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Mark Lucero, President of Art Institute of California–Orange County.

Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Cakes and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated the exhibit, "Birth of a Notion".

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated and installed the exhibit, “Birth of a Notion”.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

The hors d'oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

Many thanks to the Art Institute of California–Orange County for hosting the exhibit and presenting the reception. It was a perfect celebration of the creative genius of Chuck Jones!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

 

 

Chuck Jones on the Move!

The World of Oil Tanking magazine, “Connections”, featured the Smithsonian exhibit “What’s Up, Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” in their August 2016 issue.

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The magazine is published and distributed throughout the world and both the Minnesota Historical Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art exhibit dates were mentioned. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity provided photographs for the article along with the Smithsonian.

Fabio Napoleoni at Chuck Jones Gallery, Comic Con 2016

American art star, Fabio Napoleoni, will be making a special appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego on Friday, July 22nd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Creator of the much-beloved Marcenivo, Fabio continues to delight and inspire with his simple tales of love and redemption. The gallery will be presenting an exclusive edition that pays homage to Chuck Jones, “Always Have a Plan B” featuring Marcenivo trying to negotiate a truce between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Contact the gallery for more details and to RSVP for the event: 619-294-9880.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, "Always Have a Plan B", fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Exclusive to the Chuck Jones Gallery, “Always Have a Plan B”, fine art reproduction on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

Fabio’s engaging perspective of what the world needs most, love, comes in the form of his charming alter ego, Marcenivo. Whether he’s sailing away, deep in a forest, riding a bicycle, boxing, or holding onto his favorite doll, Marcenivo’s goal is to bring love to the world. It may be in the form of a “Love Bomb” or it may be one of his friends that bears the message of hope and friendship.

Specifically for Comic Con and this reception for the artist, Napoleoni has paid homage to not only Chuck Jones, but also the galaxies of super heroes — Marcenivo in cosplay.

"The Captain", 16" x 20" acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

“The Captain”, 20″ x 16″ acrylic on board by Fabio Napoleoni.

"Supersonic Love" 11" x 7", graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

“Supersonic Love” 11″ x 7″, graphite on paper by Fabio Napoleoni.

These original works by the artist along with a selection of rare, sold-out limited edition fine art reproductions on canvas and paper, will be on exhibit and for sale at this reception. Please call 619-294-9880 to RSVP and for more details regarding available Napoleoni artwork.

 

Premiering the Fine Art of Nancy Cartwright, A Brief Q & A

The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to have been selected as the premier location for the debut of the original art of celebrated and renowned voice actress, Nancy Cartwright, at this year’s Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, in her art studio.

In an email exchange, Ms. Cartwright answered questions posed by the Chuck Jones Gallery. Here is a sampling of that conversation:

CJG: Tell us about the early years, growing up. What part did painting and drawing play in your childhood?

NC: I was always very creative as a child. I loved coloring and painting and doing arts and crafts. I really liked doodling and also working with clay. . .but I never really considered it for a career. Music played another part in my life and by the time I was 10, I decided to play the trumpet. I wasn’t allowed to be in both music and art–I had to pick one or the other. I chose music and eventually played French horn in the concert band, the marching band, and the orchestra.

CJG: What do you feel you communicate through your paintings?

NC: Fun, beauty, aesthetics, some thought-provoking messages.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, with Nancy Cartwright and her original painting of Bugs Bunny, inspired by the work of Chuck Jones.

CJG: Are there any major artistic influences you’d like to cite?

NC: I’ve been in the animation industry for 35 years now and my art is a reflection and homage to this art form that has served and inspired me for so long.  Being a part of the longest running scripted show in the history of television [“The Simpsons”] has completely influenced my passion for this art form.  Reverse painting has been around for thousands of years where it was widely used for religious renderings.  Much later, painting on glass influenced Renaissance art. With the invention of celluloid [a kind of plastic] in 1889, the art of animation was born.  My good friend, Dave Tourjé, is a local artist who excels in reverse painting.  His work is permanently on display in his historical home in South Pasadena that was serendipitously owned by the late artist and educator, Nelbert Chouinard.  Nelbert ran an art school that was the hub of the training that Walt Disney presented to his more inexperienced animators back in the 20s and 30s. In fact, Disney personally drove the animators to the school in his Model A so they could learn about anatomy and fine art.  This was especially helpful since it was during the development of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.

CJG: What is your favorite color?

NC: Coral.

"Fellini", original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

“Fellini”, original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

CJG: Why do you paint/draw?

NC: I like to create positive effects on others and this is one way to really surprise them with something they didn’t know I did!

CJG: Anything else you’d like to mention?

NC: Being invited by the Chuck Jones Gallery as a preliminary exhibition definitely needs mentioning.  I had the privilege of working with Mr. Jones on the last animation project he directed—Timberwolf.  It was for the internet and was released in 2000.  Having worked so closely with Chuck opened up a relationship with his family who owns and operates Chuck’s galleries.  I am completely thrilled and honored to be associated with one of the most-respected animation art collections in the world.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Original painting by Nancy Cartwright, acrylic on Plexiglas.

Nancy Cartwright will be the guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery as it premiers her paintings on Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. RSVP is required: 619-294-9880. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Ave., in the heart of San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter, directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel and just one short block from the Convention Center.