This is Rockwell’s iconic Main Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Detail view (nrm.org)
Main Street (stockbridgechamber.org)
Stockbridge, MA shows off its charm here.
Santa checks his list.
In 1916, the 22-year-old Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by Rockwell to be the “greatest show window in America.” Over the next 47 years, another 321 Rockwell covers would appear on the cover of the Post.
More from the Norman Rockwell Museum
Main street: then and now . . .
Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.
Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art). Two years later, in 1910, he left high school to study art at The National Academy of Design. He soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Fogarty’s instruction in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. From Bridgman, Rockwell learned the technical skills on which he relied throughout his long career.
Rockwell found success early. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and began a successful freelance career illustrating a variety of young people’s publications. (nrm.org)
P. J. Lynch, that is!
You can find these beautiful P.J. Lynch books at your local shop, at Chinaberry, or Amazon.
“After cranky creatures and existential storms, behold the uncomplicated gladness of the season.” (NYT Book Review)
The Christmas Magic is written by Lauren Thompson
and illustrated beautifully by Jon J. Muth.
Find it at Amazon or at your local bookshop.
Lauren Thompson’s site is here.
Jon J. Muth bio at Scholastic.
The Illustrator’s Advent Calendar is here.
The charming gift tags below are created by Jools Wilson.
Check out more from Jools Wilson here.
Coloring page from Magnifikid here.
Holiday parties often re-unite old friends and offer opportunities for introductions between folks who might otherwise not meet.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg is a delightful book that includes characters from many familiar stories.
Today’s Assignment: Write a short story. Include characters from two or more unrelated stories. These can be characters from your own work or from others. The setting: holidays!
For inspiration you may want to watch: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Terms to know:
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
Available here and here.
Also, please check out your wonderful local independent booksellers!
Watch the film here.
Do you see a bit of Scrooge?
Check this out:
(Review by L. Skelton)
Find A Boy Called Christmas here.
Available at zazzle.
Today’s Assignment: Watch “The Snowman.”
See more at Goodreads.
See more of Jane Dyer’s beautiful work here.
Find it on Amazon here.
1. Check out this interview with Maria Modugno and Rob Sanders here.
2. Watch Santa and the Three Bears here.
3. Find co-illustrator Brooke Dyer here.
This book, written in 1970, has been showcased in many beautiful ways.
(Storefront — Australia)
Don’t miss the ‘Angel Trail’ video at the National Gallery of London.
See the National Gallery on Twitter here.
For the museum link — go here.
1. Watch the youtube video.
2. Consider adding an angel to your writing.