Sunday, October 12, 2014

Art or Not--By Joyce I. Johnson--United States

Art or Not

Norman Rockwell, my favorite painter
Was scorned by the elite as a mere illustrator.
No need to wonder what his work is about,
Each picture is clear and leaves not a doubt.
He drew from real life, in our work and our play,
In each painting a message with plenty to say.
You may think me uncultured, an oaf and a fool,
But I cry at the little girl going to school.
He caught the tension and emotion so raw
As she marches so bravely, escorted by law.
Though perhaps not the Master as was Paul Cezanne,
Rockwell told the story of modern man.
Like Cezanne he painted the world that he knew.
He put his heart and his soul in all that he drew.

Joyce I. Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce celebrated her 96th birthday in July of 2014.


  1. Hello, Joyce! Your filled is filled with deep and heartfelt expressions that express a strong point. Your poem is creative and well thought out and a total joy to read! Sheri /

  2. Nice poem. I loved Norman Rockwell's paintings as well. They were full of hope

  3. Enjoyed your poem, Joyce. Art critics compare, dissect and build you or break you. But we are able to appreciate beauty as it appears in our eyes and mind; if an artist appeals to us, then he has given us a work of art, irrespective of what others say. // paul

  4. Nice work, Joyce. I enjoyed reading "Art or Not." Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    Joyce, nice seeing your wonderful poetry here. I share your love for the works of Norman Rockwell. I have several large books of his works. I absolutely love that artist. After seeing his work one gets the feeling that he is a friend who is sharing his talents and experiences as well as the people's experiences he mas met while people watching. Thank you for using your talent to give tribute to my old friend Norman. I love especially the one of the father at the train station, hat in hand watching His son as he is off to experience the world. You can read their thoughts in their faces. What an artist in so many ways. God bless you!

    Bob D

  6. beautiful tribute here, Joyce. Will have to check out this artist xx