Most of rockwell’s paintings captured and emulated the liveliness of day to day activities in America as well as told stories. In this case, it is a young boys visit at the family doctor. This piece is called “before the shot” and was captured on March 15, 1958 but most of his paintings took up to 2 to 3 months to complete a finished piece. From there, most of his stuff had to be prepared for magazine publication.
Rather than pose his subjects for hours, Rockwell would bring a photographer, set up a shot and work from the pictures. Though he lived in Stockbridge, which was a tight knit community he alway insisted to pay his models. He would say, “I got 10 bucks.”
Norman Rockwell was originally an artist that excelled at charcoal drawing but than converted to oil paintings. One thing I thought was interesting was that he never manipulated the color far from the pictures he had took. If the women was wearing an orange sweater, he kept it orange.