Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Rockwell!

My Grandma Berry (who lives in Montana now) always encouraged us to read. I remember sitting at her house and reading EVERYTHING that was around. She helped me to learn how to read from Reading Primers. These were OLD and wonderful. I was very much into all  things Victorian/Anne of Green Gables and these books mixed with sitting on my Grandma's swing in her yard set me on the shores of Avonlea with Anne, Diana & Gilbert.

When I was a little older and I had my choice of what to read, I was often drawn to The Saturday Evening Post. I know, that's a magazine for old people, right? No! I loved looking through and of course, carefully soaking up the Norman Rockwell illustrations.  Today Google gave a nod to Mr. Rockwell (for his birthday) with their logo turned sweetly into his painting "Little Spooners". It's a perfect fit.  When I saw it, I instantly thought of my Grandma Berry. I think that those days spent looking at Rockwell paintings were somewhat of my springboard into appreciating art.

Here's one of my favorite Rockwell paintings:

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My Uncle Artie and Aunt America (Yep, that is her real name! :)) had a copy of it at their house and I always enjoyed it. It made me laugh and it still does.

There are so many "funny" Rockwell paintings, but here is a powerful painting ("The Problem We All Live With") that was fantastic and still is. Look at the detail and words scribbled on the wall. Rockwell was not only a "comfort and All-American" painter, but a painter that made us look at ourselves and the America we should be.

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Does anyone else my age appreciate Norman Rockwell? Let me know if you have a favorite.


Bonni said...

A favorite? All of them...

Well, if I was to sit down with a book of his work, I'm sure I could pick out some that I love more than the others. It's just that there are so many, and they are so striking that the memories of individual paintings tend to blur for me.

Andrea Dennistoun said...

I love Norman Rockwell! I don't know if I could pic a favorite. My mom has one up in her home about freedom to worship and each person is worshiping in a different way...I really like that one! And of course, his Christmas ones are fantastic....We had a big book that came out every Christmas of his work based on this holiday and I LOVED going though it!