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Norman Rockwell – Checkers


Howard Lyon

One of the great paintings from Norman Rockwell's body of work, and I believe one of the great paintings of all time, is his painting titled Checkers.  The painting was on display when I was last at the Norman Rockwell Museum. I was able to take some high quality captures and details of the painting and wanted to share them with you. Rockwell created the painting when he was 34 years old. The painting is…

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Mental Illness and Artists


Lauren Panepinto

May 23, 2019 - There is a myth that pervades the art world that I think is very harmful and would like to address here: The Myth of the Suffering Artist. Not quite the same as The Myth of the Starving Artist, which I'll tackle in a future post. The patron saint of the Suffering Artist is Vincent Van Gogh, and this myth centers around the connection between mental illness and artistic talent/creativity. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I think it's prime time to tackle this myth head on. If you've been following along in my Muddy Colors articles, or my work with Drawn + Drafted, you'll know I care deeply about the mental health of artists. Over years of art directing my illustrators and designers, and years of answering questions on Dear Art Director, it's become…

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