Halloween 2021: Celebrating The Art of Disney Villains

By Leslie Combemale | October 14, 2021

It’s almost time for Halloween, and if your family is anything like mine, it’s at least equal to Christmas in importance and excitement. In our house, we have The 31 Days of Halloween. We watch a horror movie or a movie with a great villain, listen to soundtracks like Psycho, Halloween, and, of course, songs …

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2021 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston Town Center

By Leslie Combemale | September 9, 2021

This weekend Reston Town Center is hosting the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival from Friday through Sunday, with over 200 artists displaying and selling their original and limited edition art and craftwork. Straying from the usual date in May because of COVID, this weekend promises to be great weather, and since the entire event happens …

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PEANUTS PROFILE: The History and Art of Peppermint Patty

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2021

Peppermint Patty is not just a quirky kid with, as she herself puts it, ‘hair full of split ends’, she’s an icon, and rightly so. In this Peanuts Profile, we take a look at the art of Patricia Reichardt, or as she’s better known, Peppermint Patty.  Here’s Peppermint Patty, coming in hot from the very …

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PEANUTS PROFILE: The Art of Franklin Appreciation for the iconic Black Peanuts character

By Leslie Combemale | July 7, 2021

Ah, the art of Franklin…When Franklin made his first appearance in a Peanuts comic strip on July 31st, 1968, he did it without any fuss. He showed up at the beach, having found Charlie Brown’s beach ball. “Is this your beach ball?” were his first words. He notices Chuck is attempting to make a sandcastle, …

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Super Dads on Celluloid: Film Art for Father’s Day Gift Guide

By Leslie Combemale | June 8, 2021

With all the Father’s Day gift guides out there, I thought it was time to create a Father’s Day gift guide specific to animation and film. Dads love movies and cartoons, so we’ve curated a collection of fun images of superlative cartoon dads and great characters the whole family will love. You can see them …

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Memorial Day at the Movies: Memorial Day Cartoons Saluting the Military

By Leslie Combemale | May 20, 2021

Another Memorial Day is here, and it’s always a good time to celebrate our brothers and sisters, both veterans and those actively in the military with Memorial Day cartoons. At first I was going to write about the many really impressive propaganda cartoons of WW2, because I’ve always been fascinated by propaganda of all eras. …

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Free Dedicated Signed Drawings with Peanuts Art Purchases through May 12th

By Leslie Combemale | April 30, 2021

As part of our 40th anniversary show for It’s Magic, Charlie Brown, we are giving original drawings by Larry Leichliter that are hand-dedicated by the artist with purchases of any Peanuts art. Pick well.. it’s one drawing per family, not per piece of art purchased! Here is all the art available for order & purchase, …

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It’s Magic Charlie Brown 40th Anniversary Show with Larry Leichliter!

By Leslie Combemale | April 15, 2021

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Peanuts animated special “It’s Magic, Charlie Brown“, which first aired on April 28th, 1981, ArtInsights is having a (virtual) special event! It will feature Peanuts cartoon animator and director Larry Leichliter. We will have exclusive original animation art from It’s Magic, Charlie Brown as well as rare …

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The Art of Pepe Le Pew and a Cartoon Cancel Culture

By Leslie Combemale | March 18, 2021

Today I’m going to discuss Pepé le Pew and the controversy around the classic cartoon character, who won an Academy Award for 1949’s For Scent-imental Reasons. a cartoon we’ll talk about in this blog. I’ll also drop the images of art available for sale representing the character, since purchases have gone through the roof, in …

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ArtInsights: How an art gallery is surviving and Adapting in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Leslie Combemale | January 3, 2021

Many of our great friends who also happen to be clients have been supporting ArtInsights gallery since last March when the Covid Pandemic effectively shut down the country (or it certainly should have..), and it’s not just heartwarming but an honor for that to be the case, but we’ve been asked many times by them, …

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ArtInsights Animation and Film Art 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

By Leslie Combemale | November 13, 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year? Ok, well in 2020, it stands to reason that the end is the most wonderful time, right? Still, even with the challenges and stress of a pandemic, an election, strife, and not nearly enough films watched in theaters to make up for it, we’re finding ways to …

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, cartoon history, and Peanuts animation art

By Leslie Combemale | October 16, 2020

As sometimes happens, there’s been a surprise release by the folks at the studio that produces all the Charlie Brown cartoon specials. Even though it precedes Halloween, it’s a celebration of the fan favorite and ultimate mood stabilizer, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Called “Let it Whip, Snoopy”, it captures the opening sequence of the wonderful …

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Selling Cartoon and Film Art COVID Masks: A Small Business Owner on the Importance of Face Masks

By Leslie Combemale | June 26, 2020

We are selling cartoon and film art masks. Why? Because we are 100% in on wearing them and 100% in on supplying the most awesome ones we can, to inspire people to wear them. As a small business owner, I’ve been impacted by the shutdown, to be sure. Not only were all the stores in …

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Mission Control: We’re Ready for Assignment: NASA, SpaceX, Peanuts & Charlie Brown Cartoons

By Leslie Combemale | June 2, 2020

ArtInsights is so excited about the new release of Peanuts animation art, which celebrates the long history of collaboration between Peanuts and NASA. This new collection includes “Mission Control: We’re Ready for Assignment” The NASA Space Station limited edition of 50, and original production cels from the Peanuts animation featurette, which is the 4th episode …

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Animator Bob Clampett, Ruth Clampett, and The art of Beany and Cecil

By Leslie Combemale | May 19, 2020

For Father’s Day, an interview with Ruth Clampett about growing up with Bob Clampett, plus a vintage collection of Beany and Cecil art! We have the incredible luck to have gotten just a few of the extremely rare Beany and Cecil original production cels from the original 1960s show. These Beany and Cecil originals come …

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Our 1990 The Little Mermaid Original Production Cels Collection

By Leslie Combemale | April 21, 2020

Over the years, and there have been many, (we’ve been selling animation since 1988), we’ve sold a LOT of Little Mermaid production cels. So many, in fact, that there are lots of cels that go at auction (and for a pretty penny) that are framed in what I call “The Little Mermaid frame”, which sadly …

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