To Norman Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post

Monday, 18 January, 2010

Check out some of the fan mails, photos and covers at the end of “To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and ‘The Saturday Evening Post’”.


Norman Rockwell’s Christmas: The Discovery

Thursday, 24 December, 2009

The Discovery is Norman Rockwell‘s final Christmas cover for The Saturday Evening Post. I am looking forward to review Norman Rockwell: Behind the camera by Ron Schick more when I find some time.

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More Norman Rockwell Videos

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Some more wonderful videos here. Also check out the Norman Rockwell Museum website.

“Drawing Inspiration: Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge”- part 1, 2 & 3

Norman Rockwell: Illustrator in Chief- exhibition tour- part 1 & 2

Conserving Norman Rockwell’s “United Nations”

President Ronald Reagan on Norman Rockwell Museum

See my other Rockwell blog entries “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream” and “Norman Rockwell“. Plus these two media articles “Free Speech Personified – Norman Rockwell’s inspiring and enduring painting” and “Norman Rockwell’s Neighborhood“.


Norman Rockwell’s American Dream

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Since the late 80s, I’ve been in love with Norman Rockwell and the American Dreams he painted. So I had a lot of fun looking at the photos and reading “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream” in Vanity Fair.

I was delighted to find a few online videos about Rockwell from the Norman Rockwell Museum YouTube Channel.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

The Four Freedoms, painted in 1943 during WWII, are my favourites, in particular “Freedom of Speech”.

Four Freedoms (American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell)


Half a million views

Monday, 1 June, 2009

When I started this blog less than three years ago, I had never expected it would reach half a million views (ever). Today, it passed 500,000 views. (note: I realize some blogs get 500,000+ views a day but they are big “stars” and I am not.)

This blog has nothing fancy, just my musing, ideas & things that I enjoy sharing with you. The following are the top 10 visited blog entries and stats, for the record.

  1. Bill Gates’ Daughter – chain mail hoax (34,348 views)
  2. Followup on the AAA BBB CCC DDD game (16,821)
  3. Norman Rockwell (10,514)
  4. AAA game with philosophical twist (7,668)
  5. NOBU Hong Kong – a restaurant review (7,171)
  6. Implications of Julie Roehm exit from Wal-Mart (6,045)
  7. Dyson sucks ! (the best vacuum cleaner) (6,017)
  8. Starstruck by Guy Kawasaki, Mary Pickford, PS-69 (5,819)
  9. Cashback – a wonderful short film (5,003)
  10. Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony: CBC vs NBC (4,282)

P.S. I never thought I and Bill Gates will be “connected” via that chain mail hoax. :)


Norman Rockwell

Tuesday, 28 November, 2006

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After meeting and then blogging about the artist Robert Bateman, I would like to talk about a favourite artist of mine — Norman Rockwell. I’ve loved and enjoyed his works for years. I’ve treasured the two collections “Norman Rockwell’s Faith of America” and “The Best of Norman Rockwell selected by Thomas Rockwell“. I have so many favourites and here are a few that I love,

  1. 02/20/1943 “Freedom of Speech” (We need more people to stand up against the powerful and idiotic politicians in Canada, U.S., Hong Kong, and many places around the world where we have the rights to freedom of speech. [Feb 3, 2010 update: Here is a video of me asking Canadian env minister jim prentice a question.])
  2. 08/22/1953 “Soda Jerk” (Rockwell’s son was the model for the Soda Jerk and the girl would later became his daughter-in-law. Nice match-making, papa Rockwell. (smile)) [Dec 26, 2009 update: high res painting and reference photo from this blog entry at nrm]
  3. 02/13/1960 “Triple Self-Portrait” (One of my favourite ties has this image)
  4. 09/02/1939 “Knuckles Down” (Just love this ass-kicking girl)
  5. 03/17/1956 “Happy Birthday, Miss Jones” (I thought of my wonderful high-school English teacher Ms. Sharon Shiffman every time I look at this picture.)
  6. 03/06/1954 “Girl at the Mirror” (Lovely)
  7. 05/25/1957 “After the Prom” (Sweet) [Dec 26, 2009 update: Here is the reference photo.]

Each picture is a short story. Sometimes powerful story, sometimes heart-warming story. Here are more blog entries tagged with Norman Rockwell.

It reminds me of Hemingway’s six-word story which I still shed a few tears everytime I read and think about it.

“For sale: baby shoes, never used.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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March 18, 2007 update: I had no idea that Steven Spielberg is a longtime Rockwell collector until I read this article.

Nov 27, 2009 update: More videos in these entries, “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream” and “More Norman Rockwell Videos

Dec 26, 2009 update: I have got a copy of Norman Rockwell Behind the Camera by Ron Schick and will be reviewing it.

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Meeting Robert Bateman in Calgary

Tuesday, 28 November, 2006

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Quoting CBC’s Life and Times, Robert Bateman is “likely the wealthiest and certainly one of the most popular artists in Canada”. My better half and me were doing some Xmas shopping in a mall this past Sunday and we noticed this looooong line-up outside an art gallery. Well, you guessed it. Robert Bateman was there at the gallery meeting his fans and signing autographs.

While my better half went shopping, I went into the gallery to looking at some of Robert’s paintings. They were all wonderful and these two (this elephants and this polar bear) were my favourites. I wanted to talk to Robert but the line-up was just too long so I just stood close enough to hear him chat with his fans. (Robert sounded very nice and soft spoken.) I then went into the one big bookstore in the mall to try to pick up a Bateman book to get his autograph. But, ah, I wasn’t the first one to think of that idea as I was told that all Bateman books were SOLD OUT!

Well, actually there was one Bateman book left, it was the “Bateman: Deluxe Two-Volume Collector’s Edition” for $150. It was a bit too pricey for an impulse purchase. And I also felt wrong if I bought two copies and then just “eBay” a copy or both copies! So, here is my Robert Bateman story. (smile)

Speaking about arts. I will next talk about an artist that I love and enjoy very much — Norman Rockwell.


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