Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. I love Thanksgiving. Honestly, it's my favorite of the holidays. As children we spent the most wonderful days in the beautiful Bear Mountain in Coldspring, New York. Things have changed, family members have passed, children have been born and grown into young adults. We have so much to be grateful for. We have our health, a warm home, food in the fridg, our sense of humor is in tact, a loving family, a relationship with our God.

Norman Rockwell painted a very famous picture of a family around the Thanksgiving table. He also painted many different covers over the years for The Saturday Evening Post for their Thanksgiving edition. I chose this cover because it touched my heart. It made me remember the many wonderful days I shared with my family as a child, some who are no longer with us. Rockwell captured the spirit of these precious memories, knowing they are very much alive in our hearts.

A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all.

14 comments:

storybeader said...

that is a lovely painting. He always seemed to be able to capture the American spirit. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

John Wright Art said...

Rockwell is one of my favourite artists, Amy. He was so prolific and his meticulous work was always fresh and inventive
Happy Holiday!!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

It is a lovely painting Storybeader...I think that he WAS the ultimate painter of the American spirit...a very Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!!

John, prolific, meticulous...so true...a GENIUS...I have fallen in-love with this painting!! Thank you, I'm sure it will be a lovely Thanksgiving...

pkay said...

My whole front living area is Norman Rockwell. I love the painting. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Kim said...

hi Amy..
I adore Rockwell's work!!
I have had a fascination with his work since I was very young.. :)
it sounds like you have all the right ingredients for a perfect Thanksgiving :)
have a wonderful holiday :))

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Thank you Pkay...and a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well...love Rockwell...this one especially!

Hey Kim...greetings from NYC...we're @ Mom's tonite, then off to my brother tomorrow and back to RI on Friday...looking forward to a good day...still so much work to do for the up coming shows...hope that you are enjoying your time off...ROCKWELL...how much more do I appreciate the genius of this man today than I did when I was younger???...I am continually moved by him...and THIS painting...no words are necessary...hugs...:)

Shinade said...

What a wonderful choice. I love Rockwell. To me he is an artist. although I know he himself clung to the title of illustrator.

I just now got back up and running and wanted to stop by and wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving!!:-)

Also Amy thank you for continuing to drop by while I was down. It means a great deal to me.

God Bless!!

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! -Gandalf, Grayson and Mom Barb (WillThink4Wine)

Evan Johnson said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

That image really does capture the holiday.

- Evan

MySweetThree said...

I love the art of Norman Rockwell..Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Jackie...we do have so much to be grateful for...Rockwell, the illustrator/artist/genius...love this cover he did for the Post. You are more than welcome for the drops while you were off line...I have you under my 'favs', so I visit every day...:)

The stunningly beautiful, Gandalf, Grayson and Mom Barb, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!!

Happy Thanksgivng Evan...the image touches me so...glad you liked it as well!!!

MySweetieThree, I think it's unanimous, we all love Rockwell!!! A very Happy Thanksiving to you and yours!!

Diana Evans said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! hope you had a wonderful time....

Jacqueline said...

I love Rockwell, especially for the creative transition he made with his artwork, which was influenced by his second wife.

From a philosophical point of view, ...yes, the passage of time makes us sad when it involves losing someone, but branches of trees must be pruned to allow it to grow stronger and more beautiful. I believe we must do all we can to cherish the relationships we have, then we can appreciate the future even more.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you had the best Thanksgiving ever!

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Thank you Diana...yes, we did,we had a wonderful time...and I hope that you and your family also had a blessed day!

Jacqueline, thank you for the wonderful words about Rockwell and the beautiful analogy of the pruning of a tree. We see it very clearly in our family, from those who are no longer with us to the next couple of generations who are coming up behind us. We had a blessed day, as I pray you and your family did as well!