Norman Rockwell Quotes

28 Norman Rockwell quotes:

"Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible."
"I talk as I sketch, too, in order to keep their minds off what I'm doing so I'll get the most natural expression I can from them. Also, the talking helps to size up the subject's personality, so I can figure out better how to portray him."
"The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: American Artist Quotes Extravagance Quotes
"It was a pretty rough neighborhood where I grew up The really tough places were over around Third Avenue where it ran into the Harlem River, but we weren't far away."
"Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out."
"Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable."
"I would take the wrong approach for a teacher, I guess... But there was always someone in a class who would raise an objection to my way. They'd want to get into an argument with me. And I was no good at arguing. So I figured if that was what teaching was like, I better leave it to someone who knows how to maneuver an argument. I'd stick to what I knew-painting. So I didn't stay long at the Los Angeles County Artists School."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: Class Quotes
"I didn't know what to expect from a famous movie star; maybe that he'd be sort of stuck-up, you know. But not Gary Cooper. He horsed around so much... that I had a hard time painting him."
"Everyone in those days expected that art students were wild, licentious characters. We didn't know how to be, but we sure were anxious to learn."
"No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!"
"I had a couple of million dollars' worth of... stock once. And now it's not worth much more than wallpaper. I guess I just wasn't born to be rich."
"A face in the picture would bother me, so I'd rub it out with the turpentine and do it over."
"When I came home on leave, I thought I would surely have changed into a dashing figure... just because I was dressed for the part. But my friends laughed when they saw me in my navy uniform. I guess I must have been a sight, but I didn't realize I looked that silly. And I was so proud to come home in that uniform!"
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"Lady Bird Johnson had that extra-special Southern charm that you just can't resist. Mrs. Goldwater was charming, too. And she was the smart one. She really didn't want to be the First Lady at all. And she got her wish."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: Charming Quotes
"My best efforts were some modern things that looked like very lousy Matisses. Thank God I had the sense to realize they were lousy, and leave Paris."
"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."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: American Artist Quotes Letters Quotes
"It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: American Artist Quotes Painters And Painting Quotes
"I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to."
"I'm tired, but proud."
"Very interesting for an old duffer like me to try his hand at something new. If I don't do that once in a while, I might just turn into a fossil, you know!"

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