Welcome, foolish mortals! “Leota” is inspired by the disembodied fortune teller, Madame Leota from Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. On the Haunted Mansion attraction, the fortune teller has her own circular “Seance Room” full of flying instruments. In the middle of the room, she chants to “materialize” riders to “see ghosts.”
Max has been a large fan of theme parks and theme park attractions since childhood. He has long been a fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride and has ridden both versions at Disneyland and Disney World equally. Max also likes the Haunted Mansion fan site, Doombuggies.com. This is meant to be a “sequel” to Disneyland, 1967. Max initially thought of the idea of doing a Pirates of the Caribbean-influenced piece as Pirates opened in 1967. However, Max felt the Haunted Mansion fit far more into the hypnotic theme of “Surrebral.” Max fell in love with the idea of drawing Madame Leota in the style of the “Calm State” and “The Innocence of Beauty.” In the drawing, the disembodied fortune teller’s face is inspired by the original 1960’s era projection portrayed by Disney Imagineer, Leota Thomas. Similarly to the character on the ride, her hair and neck span throughout the drawing into colorful swirls. Enjoy this painting from regions beyond!
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