A Norman Rockwell Christmas Illustration Captures the Holiday Spirit
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For Norman Rockwell Christmas was the most special time of the year. His illustrations of Santa Claus are the standard by which all other Santas have been measured.
In fact, even before his long association with the Saturday Evening Post began, individuals and churches commissioned Rockwell for their own personalised Christmas cards.
It is unknown whether some of those early hand-painted Christmas cards still exist. What a treasure that would be to find one of those early masterpieces. Any of them would probably be unrecognizable as a Norman Rockwell Christmas work, but would still be priceless.
1916 - Norman Rockwell, Santa and the Saturday Evening Post
Of course, Rockwell's career of painting defining Christmas images did not start in 1916 when his first holiday image for the Saturday Evening Post was published. But his career did explode at that time.
His holiday paintings before were wonderful. After becoming a Post artist, however, the confidence evident in his paintings began to show through.
Though best known for his Santa Claus paintings, Norman Rockwell's paintings of Christmas are not only limited to such fanciful renderings of the jolly elf.
His winter scenes often appear on Christmas cards and on calendars. Who among us can gaze on one of Norman Rockwell's winter scenes without reliving a white Christmas from the past?
Of course, one of the great joys of the Christmas season is found ion the eyes of children.
And nothing lights up the eyes of children like toys.
Read more in the chronological Norman Rockwell Christmas Gallery.
Ornaments and Figurines
Norman Rockwell Christmas ornaments are especially popular and beautiful. Decorations for your Christmas tree are easy to find on the net.
If you are a collector, you probably already know that new Christmas ornaments are released each year. The Norman Rockwell Museum of Massachusetts has a wide assortment of Christmas ornaments and figurines here.
www.NormanRockwellvt.com, the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont also has several Norman Rockwell Christmas figurines and plates listed for sale.
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Rockwell Christmas wrapping paper makes a thoughtful statement. It seems, though, a waste to actually open the present when it is wrapped in such splendor. It appears, though, that no company is producing Norman Rockwell Christmas paper at the present time. I have not been able to find it and have resorted to making my own.
Norman Rockwell Christmas Video
I found this video on Youtube. There is at least one error. The Santa Claus Painting at the 2:30 mark of the video, though beautiful and humorous, is not by Norman Rockwell. It is a J.C.Leyendecker Christmas painting.
Also, it appears that the video artist used at least two graphic files from www.Best-Norman-Rockwell-Art.com without credit. All in all, though a very good video of Norman Rockwell Christmas images.
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
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.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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