How many times have you thought of Thanksgiving and also thought of this ubiquitous painting by American artist Norman Rockwell? (Not that anyone in the history of time ever had a Thanksgiving that looked like this, but we like to think that we do…) Anyway, seeing this picture again reminded me of a a fascinating article I read last month in Vanity Fair about the interesting process that Norman Rockwell actually used to create his paintings. Rockwell used staged photographs (and plenty of them) to create the look and feel he wanted for his finished portraits.
The article is based from information from a newly published book on Rockwell called Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera by Ron Schick. The article and the book are both really a really interesting look into the creative process of one of our most overlooked artists.
Check it out – and happy Thanksgiving!