Thursday, December 26, 2013
Cliff Notes on the life of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) are here. A few quotes attributed to him are here:
“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.”
“Commonplaces never become tiresome. It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative. We find that it is not a new scene which is needed, but a new viewpoint.”
"I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to."
"Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller."
"When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life."
"I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be. So I painted only the ideal aspects of it - pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers... only foxy grandpas who played baseball with the kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the backyard."
"If a picture wasn't going very well, I'd put a puppy in it."
"If there was sadness in this creative world of mine, it was a pleasant sadness. If there were problems, they were humorous problems."
"The view of life I communicate in my pictures excludes the sordid and ugly. I paint life as I would like it to be."