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Sketches From The Park: Plein Air In The Norway Pavilion

Will Gay

by , Design Director, Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group

Each month I will be sketching from the field or Plein Air, as it’s called in the art world, from a new, inspiring location in our Disney Parks and then sharing my sketches and experiences here on the blog each time. Today, I continue my Sketches from the Park series as I started off early this morning in beautiful Norway at Epcot.

Sketches From The Park

Right away my attention was focused on the magnificent stave church in Norway. It was a quiet, cool morning here at Epcot as the sun started to rise in the distance and just start to touch the top of the steeple. The park began to come alive again this time as well, as I heard all the birds starting to sing and the rush of the waterfall behind me near the town square. It became a very zen-like moment as I dipped my brush into my paint and starting to lay down a little bit of watercolor after my initial ink pen sketch. I really love starting my day this way and leave each time feeling really inspired for the rest of my day. Can’t wait to go back!

I hope you enjoy the art and keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for my next sketch from a new location next time in our “Sketches from the Park” series. And be sure to check last month’s sketch I did from Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. See ya next time!


  • Will, I love your art… my partner and I will be visiting WDW the week of 17 April… for her 60th birthday and my 56th… we are both artists and run a Gallery in Canada. You have inspired us to bring our sketchbooks to the park… will you be sketching that week and if so do you know where? We have yet to decide which parks we shall visit but we would love to meet you and see your work up close and personal. Thanks and we look forward to our visit. Cheers, k & sue

  • I love these so much. Any chance these will be for purchase in the near future? They are beautiful.

  • Another great scene which instantly brings back memories of our park visits. Thank you for your posts and we are looking forward to the next one.

  • Love these Will! I am a little more at peace just looking at them and imagining sitting there with the morning smells and sounds…

  • I love this! We have never been to WDW. Since we live in California, Disneyland is our go to destination, where my husband has enjoyed sketching in the past

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