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Merry Christmas……………Christmas Art!

Let’s have a look at  some of the wonderful artwork that has been made over the years to celebrate Christmas.

We begin with Russian based artist 0331C and MOW and this wonderful tree for its scale and color.


And here we have some works made by Andy Warhol. If you are looking for a book to purchase with your gift card that you received a great idea is a book of holiday cards made by Andy over the years for the Tiffany company.

And the master Norman Rockwell!


In this clip we take a look at a wonderful incident that occurred in 1914. It was World War 1 and the men from two different countries put down their guns for one night of peace and celebrated Christmas.

This was made into a wonderful movie and here we see the street art interpretation. The street art is from London and Berlin. The war story featured soldiers from France, Scotland, and Germany. The movie is called Joyeux Noel and I enjoyed it! The clip is from the Telegraph U.K. :

And Frederick Hammersley, like Warhol also designed holiday greeting cards for others.

And representing the street art movement, Mr. Brainwash.

To close with we look at the next artist who will be featured, Isaac Cordal.


Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah, and Season’s Greeting to everyone!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Well for those readers in the United States of America Happy Thanksgiving! Lets take a look at some artwork celebrating this holiday!

First we have the classic work of art by Norman Rockwell:


And this wonderful piece by Grandma Moses:


And this work of art by Charley Harper:


And here we have a wonderful etching from Pablo Picasso.




Artist of the moment……….McCauley Conner



McCauley (Mac) Conner was born in 1913. Conner was among the finest illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration and a heavy influence on the artist was painter Norman Rockwell.

Conner flourished from the 1940s to the 1960s working for such magazines as Redbook and Women’s Day and large companies including Bell Telephone, United Airlines, and the Saturday Evening Post.

This artist works reminds me deeply of the popular television show Mad Men. I enjoy his sense of realism because his work includes many large flat shapes. For instance a drape isn’t painted with lights and darks, we only see the silhouette in a very light tone.

A very large retrospective was held celebrating the artists 100 birthday in 2013. Conner was thrilled with the show which included nearly 70 works by the artist. In this clip we view an excerpt from the show which took place at the Museum of the City of New York:

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The artist worked mainly with gouache and watercolor.

What a great artist and person. I bet his favorite television show is Mad Men. Glad to see another artist celebrating one hundred years on planet earth.






Artists working with the face and figure…. Norman Rockwell…..


For sure this is one of America’s most beloved artists. He was a highly productive painter and and produced more than four thousand works over his lifetime.

From a design stand point I enjoy the interaction of the figures he paints. Be it a young child whose face is red from playing tag or an old person in a barber’s chair getting a haircut the artist was great at portraying expression. Most interesting for me are his self portraits and in fact in one painting he portrayed himself three times in the picture.

Some works by the artist and the last picture is the image where the artist has portrayed himself three times in the painting.

A museum piece made in 2007 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where the artist lived from 1953 until his death in 1978.

Part two of the Stockbridge, MA museum interview.

Part three of the interview.

The artist was born in 1894 in New York City.

He painted his first commission at sixteen years of age.  Illustrated his first book  only one year later at seventeen years of age.  He created many illustrations and some of his most famous work was done as the lead illustrator of the Saturday Evening Post. He worked at this position for more than forty years. He also did illustrations for Boy Scouts of America and Boys’ Life. Illustrated forty books in his lifetime.

As an illustrator he designed calenders, greeting cards, posters, books, sheet music, stamps, and even painted murals. The artist was well schooled in a variety of mediums working in charcoal, watercolor, gouache, and oils.

low price range: many lithograph prints sell in the hundreds of dollars. Sometimes great prints can be found for five hundred dollars.

high price range: $15. 4 million for a painting titled Breaking Home Ties.

Many art critics didn’t take the artist seriously as a fine artist for all his illustration work. Some critics thought the work was too sweet or had too much kitsch, the same problem that plagued Thomas Kinkade. For me Rockwell was far better at designing and painting than Kinkade. At least with Rockwell you don’t have paintings with light coming from all directions.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg each own some of the artist’s work. Spielberg owns a sketch of the triple portrait work.  Both men have the artist’s work in their offices and where they work daily. Norman Rockwell is even a character in the Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones.

Attended college at the National Academy of Design as well as the Art Students League of New York.

Passed away in 1978 aged 84 years old.

I encourage you to look at the many great figurative works made by the artist. Check out or purchase a book of his art, its fantastic!