My Weekend with Norman Rockwell – Part I

IMG_6364I recently had a wonderful weekend staying in the former studio of Norman Rockwell at the Inn on The Green in Arlington, Vermont.  His studio has been converted into a cottage but much of the interior remains exactly as it was when it was his studio.  I studied at the feet of this master artist (A master in my opinion) and he was one of my first teachers, although he did not know this.  Regrettably, I never had a chance to meet him; however, I say he was my teacher because in my youth I spent many hours copying his paintings to practice my drawing and painting skills.  My parents always had a calendar featuring his artwork, which I would appropriate at the end of the year for my “studies”.  NRockwell studio2During our trip, we took time to go to the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Mass too and I highly recommend it.  In addition to his paintings, the museum has many of his original drawings and studies for the paintings, which are exceptionally well executed and just as beautiful.  Your favorite artist (that would be me!) spent time doing some sketching of her own while staying in his studio.  It would have been a crime not to!!  I left a drawing there as a thank you gift to the owners of the Inn, who are delightful and went out of their way to make sure our stay would be terrific.

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