All About Jiminy Cricket: History and Disney Fan and Collector’s Guide

By Leslie Combemale | January 13, 2023

Since this is the first blog of the new year, I wanted to ring in 2023 with something interesting and fun, and really tried to think what connected with starting over, new beginnings, turning over a new leaf and all that. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, although I respect them in other folks. …

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Heather Edwards Art and Exclusive Interview

By Leslie Combemale | October 6, 2022

In the latest Disney Fine Art release, there is a wonderful collection premiered by Heather Edwards, and it’s all VILLAINS! Heather has been creating beautiful fantasy art from the beginning of her career, and became an official Disney artist over a decade ago. Her originals are snapped up before they’re even released, or are done …

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The Artistry and Art of Beauty and the Beast

By Leslie Combemale | January 27, 2023

At ArtInsights, we have as many fans of Beauty and the Beast as we do for The Little Mermaid, and that’s saying something. Since we’re heading into Valentine’s season, the season of love, as it were, I thought I’d talk about the history, art, and fun facts about the tale as old as time. IT’S …

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One Legend Paints Another: Carol Channing, John Alvin, and the play Lorelei

By Leslie Combemale | January 15, 2019

We were saddened by the passing today of a Broadway, film legend, and certified character Carol Channing, who died at 97. Known for her raspy singing voice, her huge smile, she is most remembered for her role as Dolly Levi in the musical Hello Dolly, but she was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar when …

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Mary Poppins Returns Is Inspired by Oscar-winning Matte Painter Peter Ellenshaw

By Leslie Combemale | December 18, 2018

From the first moments of Mary Poppins Returns, there is reference to the genius artistry that was a part of creating the original. The opening titles, which are fanciful paintings which one assumes are concept work used to build the magical nanny’s London, are a mix of art by Oscar-winning concept artist Peter Ellenshaw created …

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Movie Lovers Gift Guide 2018 from ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art

By Leslie Combemale | November 21, 2018

Movie Lovers Gift Guide from Film Art Gallery ArtInsights Offers Film Fans Art Celebrating Cinematic Anniversaries and Releases All By Official Studio Artists Reston, VA -You’ve seen “alternative posters” and “minimalist posters”, but what about art by the folks who actually helped you fall in love with the movies in the first place? Somebody has …

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RESTON TOWN CENTER PARKING, ARTINSIGHTS HOLIDAY HOURS, GIFT WITH PURCHASE, AND GALLERY UPDATE!

By Leslie Combemale | November 19, 2018

RESTON TOWN CENTER  PARKING, ARTINSIGHTS HOLIDAY HOURS, GIFT WITH PURCHASE, AND GALLERY UPDATE! As many of you know, with the changes in parking at Reston Town Center, we have had a number of clients avoid the center and only come on the weekends, so we’ve committed to being open on Sundays, and have seen a lot …

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For Mickey’s 90th Birthday, ArtInsights Celebrates Mickey Mouse Through the Years with Art

By Leslie Combemale | November 18, 2018

It’s the anniversary of the first appearance of Mickey Mouse, which happened in November of 1928.  I have always been a fan of Mickey Mouse as a rat, in particular.  Ub Iwerks made the awesome black and white Steamboat Willie.  He had designed the character after having designed Oswald, a character for which Disney lost …

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The ArtInsights 2018 Gift Guide Celebrates Film Anniversaries and New Releases

By Leslie Combemale | November 5, 2018

Are you looking for art for the loved one that loves film and art? Or just looking for something unique that will make you a superhero, a princess, a rock star to your family? We are ready for you! Artinsights certainly has perfectly timed for what’s happening in pop culture this holiday season, all with …

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The Peanuts Art of Dean Spille: animation history made watercolor

By Leslie Combemale | August 26, 2018

We are always looking for extremely rare art to offer our clients, but hand-in-hand with that, we are always trying to find ways to promote and expand awareness about the importance of artists.  There are so many important figures in the history of animation that fans and enthusiasts know little about, and we want to …

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Limited Editions from Peanuts TV Specials Make Us Want To Do a Snoopy Happy Dance!

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2018

We just discovered we have a few super rare and hard-to-find Peanuts limited editions created for the anniversaries of the Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown TV specials. Given how much we at ArtInsights love all things Snoopy and Charlie Brown, it’s like we got an early Valentine’s Day gift! What …

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ANNOUNCING Exclusive art by Star Wars, Disney, and DreamWorks artist William Silvers

By Leslie Combemale | January 19, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the addition of original and limited edition art by the renowned concept and matte background artist William Silvers to our gallery! All the art is from Bill’s personal collection, created in an official capacity as Disney and LucasFilm fine artist or was actually part of making a film. We’re adding …

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Need Last Minute Gift Ideas? Give the Gift of Film Art! DISNEY ART, STAR WARS ART, AND MARVEL ART FOR $150 and under!

By Leslie Combemale | December 20, 2017

It’s getting down to the last minute for getting Christmas presents and holiday gifts! We thought we’d help the folks out there who are still struggling to find something wonderful, and suggest film art.  Disney art and Marvel superhero art, just to name two, make crowd pleasing, inventive gifts for family and friends who love …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: Buying Original and Limited Edition Animation Model Sheets

By Leslie Combemale | December 17, 2017

I thought today I’d talk about my very favorite kind of animation art, model sheets.  The explanation of animation model sheets, according to wikipedia: “In animation, a model sheet, also known as a character board, character sheet, character study or simply a study, is a document used to help standardize the appearance, poses, and gestures of an animated character. Model sheets are required …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: IN HONOR OF THE LAST JEDI, a look at STAR WARS ART (and a review of the great new film!)

By Leslie Combemale | December 13, 2017

Many of you know I’m also a film critic.  I got to see the great new Star Wars release on Monday, and there’s a review on our sister site, Cinema Siren.  But for all you fans who want to read it who DON’T go on there regularly, it’s at the bottom of this article. *it’s …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Queen Transforms Disney Publishing Original Disney Storybook Art Illustration

By Leslie Combemale | December 10, 2017

I wanted to tell collectors about one of the rare times we could buy Disney storybook art directly from Disney. Quite a few years ago, around the time Disney was deciding whether to keep having an art program or not, someone who had been working in and around Disney for many years contacted me about …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Art of Alex Ross at ArtInsights and on Video

By Leslie Combemale | December 9, 2017

Alex Ross has become the #1 collected artist in comics.  His style changed the world of comic book art, and he brought an illustrative, more Norman Rockwell style, with realistic, hyper-realistic depictions of superheroes as real-life humans, albeit with way more muscles.  As a gallery that specializes in pop culture, we have carried the work …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: On Pearl Harbor Day, The Evocative Band of Brothers Art by John Alvin

By Leslie Combemale | December 7, 2017

John Alvin did art for the campaign to promote the wonderful, timeless HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, which won 6 Emmys.  I thought on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d examine the story behind John Alvin creating Band of Brothers campaign art and find out more about the process, and the general fascination with …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Harry Potter Concept Art by Production Designer Stuart Craig

By Leslie Combemale | December 6, 2017

Production Designer Stuart Craig has quite a CV. Beyond being the BAFTA award-winning designer for the entire Harry Potter film series, he has also won three Oscars, for The English Patient, Dangerous Liaisons, and Gandhi.  He has worked on over three dozen films, including as art director on classics A Bridge Too Far (1977) and …

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