Magical Visual Arts

When you mix music in harmony
With visual arts, it’s magical.
The notes and color peak together.
Emotions create physical sensations.

Our best example of that
Perfect dance of magical music
And visual Art
Is Walt Disney’s
Fantasia.

 

We present over forty years of research and education into the effects of music, light, color and imagery to share.

Light Dancer by Gilbert Williams

“Snow White is no more a cartoon than a painting by Whistler is a cartoon.”

– Walt Disney

During 1935, Walt Disney travelled to Europe and returned with a large number of books of European art and folklore. He also shipped back 90 books from France, 81 from England, 149 from Germany and 15 from Italy. He then created a new art form based on what he had discovered in Europe. His 1937 classic film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, followed in 1940 by Fantasia, presented for the first time a new art form, not on canvas, but animated on a screen. Walt Disney laid the groundwork for the new art of the 21st century.

The Visionary Art Movement

Gondola of Time by Brian McGovern

     In California, centered mainly around the San Francisco Bay Area, visionary artists during the 1970s and 1980s created a new art movement. 
     The artists were Joseph Parker, Brian McGovern, Aeoliah, Brian McGovern, Gilbert Williams, Geoffrey Chandler, and Bernard and Barbara Xolotl, among many others.
     Additionally, there was an expansion of the art form by coupling music with visuals: a meeting of new age music with visionary art. The leader of this multifaceted movement was, and still is, the musician called Iasos, who lives in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. To the North in Sonoma county, Norman Miller, who had created light shows in San Francisco during the 1960s, and Mary Ellen Bickford were presenting their Rainbow Light Show, a multi-projector slide show of visionary paintings coupled with what was being called at that time, new-age music.

God and Goddess Meru by Richard Fields
Elysium by Jeffrey K. Bedrick
Sage of Simplicity by Brian McGovern
Iasos' Home Page Image

Mandala Art

Tibetan Mandala

Norman Miller specialized in Mandala Art. According to the World History Encyclopedia:
    “A mandala (sanskrit for “circle”) is an artistic representation of higher thought and deeper meaning given as a geometric symbol used in spiritual, emotional, or psychological work to focus one’s attention.”
    There are many ancient mandala representations in the cultures of the East. 
     Miller learned about mandalas from the writings of Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung.
     “Most mandalas have an intuitive, irrational character and, through their symbolical content, exert a retroactive influence on the unconscious. They therefore possess a “magical” significance, like icons, whose possible efficacy was never consciously felt by the patient.” (Carl Jung)

Notre-Dame de l'Île de la Cité, Paris
Mandala by Aeoliah
Unknown Credit
Photo by Norman B. Miller

Visionary Video Art

With 21st century technology, the ability to create positive, visionary art in movement, taking the cue from Uncle Walt himself, turning the canvas into a moving, musical artistic creation.

Dew

“Dew” video by Mary Ellen Bickford, music by Don Robertson (2006). Over 73,000 views on Youtube – more than 180 “likes.”

Tale My Hand

“Take My Hand” is a video by Mary Ellen Bickford (2009).

www.TakeMyHandSong.com

Move Over Pain

“Move Over Pain” is a video by Mary Ellen Bickford (2014).
The song was composed and sung by Paris Delane (1956-2020) 

Monet's Magical Garden

“Le jardin enchanté” by Don Robertson (2010). Filmed in Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.

Bicycles in Holland

“Bicycles” by Don Robertson (2015). Filmed in Amsterdam, Holland in 2009.

A Still Life in Motion

“Le calme et l’océan” by Don Robertson (2010). Filmed on the Beach in Southern California

Stained Glass by Mary Ellen Bickford