Norman Rockwell Exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

If you are going to be in Washington, DC area between now and January 2, 2011, make sure to go see "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg". I just viewed the exhibition yesterday and I was thoroughly inspired as an illustrator and entertained as fan. I have viewed Rockwell's oil paintings before some years ago at The Corcoran Museum. But this exhibit also displayed drawings and smaller color comps.

The drawings were interesting in that most of them were drawn on at least two sheets of large paper joined together in the back. Rockwell also edited a drawing by tearing out the whole lower left section, then replacing it with a new re-drawn lower left section. I guess this was inspiring to me because I have done this many times in my own work. Therefore, I felt connected to this great illustrator, who had such an impact on American culture and is still revered to this day. Like all great pursuits sometimes the process did not come easy for Rockwell, just like any other artist.

Visit this exibition in person if you can. If not,the link to the slide show on the Smithsonian American Art Museum site is here.