Friday Morning Inspiration: Hardie Gramatky

Hardie Gramatky painting

Hardie Gramatky (1907-1979), one of the great American watercolorists, actually started in animation working at Disney from 1929-1936. Joe Campana points out on his blog Animation – Who and Where that yesterday marked Gramatky’s 100th birthday anniversary. Besides painting and animation, Gramatky was also known for his children’s storybooks, particularly Little Toot, which was adapted into an animated segment for Disney’s Melody Time. An extensive bio and many of Gramatky’s paintings can be found at, a site maintained by his daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith. More of his stunning watercolors can be viewed at

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