Wednesday, April 17, 2024


A Picture Pretty as Real Life

Hardie Gramatky’s “Maple in Winter Snow” watercolor shows his daughter and her friends sledding on a hill behind their Roseville Road home. Gramatky, who died in 1979, created the “Little Toot” children’s books for G. P. Putnam’s Sons when he was an animator at Disney Studios in California. He was especially known for his watercolors. Linda Gramataky Smith has said of her father: “(His) idea was to play (his) palette like a pianist plays a keyboard: never conscious of reaching for color or tone, but getting the most subtle shades and harmony with the greatest of confidence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Courtesy of Linda Gramatky Smith

4 thoughts on “A Picture Pretty as Real Life

  1. It’s good to see that some things haven’t changed in Westport. The photo shows the same maple, a little thicker than in Hardie Gratmatky’s painting, and the woods behind have grown up. But 30 years later kids still enjoy a good slide.

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