Norman Rockwell paintings look cool. The quintessential American life. They are a moments captured in time, but they aren’t flowing emotions. They evoke emotion, but attempts to recreate what you think the participants are feeling fails and fails miserably. We have everything we need to create our own Norman Rockwell painting. We just don’t realize he didn’t paint reality, he painted ideals.
“He had the ability to paint things not the way they were, but the way people wanted them to be,” Clemens said.
The most memorable moments are not the scripted scenes or the moments we imagine. No, the most memorable moments are when something happens unexpectedly and instead of getting angry the people let go and enjoy the moment. Happiness in life can only happen when we give up control.