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“On a brisk winter day last February, the backyard of a fashionable West Los Angeles house was suffused with artificial summer light. Two women––the actresses Tea Leoni and Cloris Leachman––sat by the pool, exuding languor beneath a striped umbrella. For the artist D. J. Hall, a West Coast-based painter, the scene had a déjà vu quality; it was based on an almost identical image she had painted nearly a decade earlier. James L Brooks, director of the movie 'Spanglish', in which this scene figures prominently, owns Ms. Hall's paintings, and the work, he said, was his “companion” while writing the screenplay. It 'perfectly caught a certain up-scale woman in Los Angeles', he said. Such women have a façade of prosperity and happiness, 'but you can see how haunted they are behind it'. Before Mr. Brooks hired his production designer, Ida Random, and set decorator, Leslie A. Pope, he brought on Ms. Hall as a consultant. 'When I got the job, the first thing Jim showed me was D. J.'s painting,' Ms. Random recalled. ”
Lord, M. G.
“Her still-lifes , landscapes, and travel studies were also included in the film. It was a gratifying and rewarding experience that strengthened her ability to create dramatic new paintings and fueled her enthusiasm for fresh ideas. ”
Hough, Katherine Plake
“ 'On the production I got to do various things. They had pool toys in the pool, and I said I thought I could come up with something more interesting. I hand-painted pool toys, a tablecloth, and made a mock book for Tea’s Leoni’s character in the swimming pool scene.' (D. J. Hall quote)”
|© 2015 D.J. Hall|