During the President’s Day long weekend, I didn’t spend it out on a lacrosse field, or as a “ski-weekend” as some do, here, in the NorthEast, nor did I spend it relaxing in front of the TV catching up on shows. I travelled with the family 2.5 hours from NYC to Stockbridge, MA and visited the museum of one of my favorite, American artists who influenced my craft, Norman Rockwell. It was a way to recharge my “art batteries”.
Along the way, we stopped in the town of Kent, CT for a quick lunch and some hot chocolate, before heading north on Route 7 into the Berkshires. Upon entering the Norman Rockwell Museum, I was in complete awe. The huge scale of the original paintings get to you. The sheer complexity of each work educates one that art, like the kind Rockwell did, wasn’t easy. His profession of being an illustrator to the many publications, organizations, group and companies, defined that his art was a business, as well.
Standing in the middle of the exhibition, you were looking at an illustrated story of The United Stated of America. Below, are detailed shots taken from my phone of the originals in the museum.
It was a trip that’s been in the back-burner for the past few years. And it just what I needed.
On the way back towards NYC, we stopped in Kent, again, to have dinner, but this time in the South Kent-area, where I attend prep-school for four years, and started The Art of Lax™ “in-spirit” in my dorm room. The influence of Norman Rockwell made for the appetite of a classic, American meal at the Bull’s Bridge Inn.
Paintings and Prime Rib. It’s good to “re-charge your batteries”, from time-to-time, however you do it. :o)
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While on the road, I took a pic of the covered, Bulls Bridge in CT. and posted it on my Instagram. The story behind the bridge, is below. :o)