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Norman Rockwell Quotes


28 Norman Rockwell quotes:



"Things aren't much wilder now, I don't think, than they were back then. Of course I just read about all the goings-on now. Ha."
"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."
"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!"
"I'm the oldest antique in town."
"Some folks think I painted Lincoln from life, but I haven't been around that long. Not quite."
"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."
"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."
Author: Rockwell Quotes Category: American Artist Quotes Discontent Quotes
"You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression."
"Travel is like a tonic to me. It's more than just getting away from the studio for a brief rest. I need it to recharge my batteries."
"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
"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
"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."
"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
"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
"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."
"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
"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."



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