One of America’s most beloved artists.
Norman Rockwell left timeless legacy of nostalgic, endearing, paintings that appeal and portray simple scenes from daily life.
After illustrating a series of children’s books at age 16, Rockwell was hired to be the art director of “Boys’ Life,” the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America.
Six years later, he sold his first cover to the most prestigious magazine of the era, the “Saturday Evening Post.”
Over the next 47 years, he created 321 covers for the “Post,” which became synonymous with his name. He later worked for “Look” magazine, addressing more serious issues of civil rights, poverty and space exploration.
Everyone loved his work, many waited anxiously for the new covers to arrive. Some would tear the covers off the magazine and tape them on their walls. Today they are collectors items.
Notes from Norman Rockwell
~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 shrived 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.
Norman Rockwell illustrations touch emotions and remind people of when they were young, home and the good life they were living. The elderly, those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia identify with his art.
He was from their era, many recall his name and The Saturday Evening Post… dear old friends from yesterday.
Norman Rockwell had Alzheimer’s when he died at age 84, November 8, 1978.
“Hero of yesterday, motivating minds, jogging memories, and healing hearts today”.
The Saturday Evening Post was founded in 1728, is still in print today, and America’s oldest Magazine.
Now you know the value of Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games; and why your loved one will identify with these wonderful themes. . . Norman Rockwell’s art jogs memories.
Caregivers, plan a Norman Rockwell Day or Happy Days with Sarah Weber, there will be fun conversations, helping each other and plenty of laughter.