Saturday, November 29, 2014

Charlie Brown, Dean and Billie Spille

The other night the husband and I were just finishing dinner when "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" came on. It was a double header, "This is America" came on next. Needless to say, we watched them both.
When the credits were rolling I was reminded of the time I was in France at Les Soeurs Anglaises and had the pleasure of meeting Dean Spille and his wife Billie. The husband was impressed.

Dean worked as a color stylist on many of the Charlie Brown specials and, having grown up with Charlie Brown, it was like meeting royalty. His wife, Billie, is also a talented artist. They are two of the kindest, most sharing people I have had the good fortune to meet.

At the time they were living in a village near Bordeaux and touring their studios and home was magical. To mark the occasion I purchased one of Billie's works on paper and I think of that visit every time I walk by it.

I just read that although "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is now 41 years old, it managed to tie "Survivor" as the Number 1 program of the night. I couldn't be happier.

Here's to you Charlie Brown!

The sign on their front door.

Their home and the entrance to Dean's studio.

Billie at the kitchen table talking to Katie of Les Soeurs

The piece that I purchased.

The living room.The spiral staircase on the right......

is also pictured here and leads to a cozy little room.......

filled with goodies. We could have looked around in here all day.

I was happy to see that Mary Engelbreit's Ann Estelle was present.

Dean in his studio with Katie.

Dean's work area.

Some fun inspiration, I wanted those birds bad.

Ephemera and one of Dean's cartoons.

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