Sunday, 2 February 2014


4" x 4" Mini Master on Canvas Panel
Homage to Famous Artists on their birthday

To view my Gallery or purchase this painting please visit Daily Paintworks. Larger originals or prints may be available by contacting me. 

My Mini Master series are Such a wonderful way to kick-start an art collection. They are on durable canvas panel with painted edges, so they can be displayed on a small easel, mounted on the wall with 3M poster tabs, or framed. They are every bit as beautiful as a larger version, but take up less space. 

You could add to the collection over time, on special occasions like Valentines, Easter, Graduation, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Thank you, Hostess gifts etc. My growing collection can be viewed on Pinterest.

There is also a sister series in the same size which you can mix and match. These are original Sea Dean paintings as opposed to paintings inspired by the Masters. In my Daily Paintworks Gallery you can search for 4x4, Mini Master, or Mini Masterpieces to find them all easily.

This was a tough homage for me because my painting style, paint and surface are completely different to Norman Rockwell, who was an illustrator rather than a fine artist. The most difficult part was finding something simple enough for a small canvas. I happened upon this detail from "Tom Sawyer - The Medicine" and just fell in love with this orange cat. Although his style is usually drawing on paper and colouring in afterwards, this painting is more akin to my painterly style. He cleverly added the cat for charm, but chose similar colours for the background so it didn't detract from the subject which is Tom Sawyer being given some medicine.  


Norman Perceval Rockwell was born in New York, NY, USA February 3, 1894. He was an American painter and illustrator, with a broad popular appeal in the USA for their view of American culture. Norman was an early starter. He transferred from high school to the Chase Art School at the age of 14. He went on to the National Academy of Design and finally to the Art Students League, where, he was taught by Thomas Fogarty, George Bridgman, and Frank Vincent DuMond
Norman's breakthrough came in 1912 with a book illustration for Carl H. Claudy's Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature. Then, at the age of nineteen, he became the art editor for Boys' Life, the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), producing illustrations, calendars and covers for the publication. He is also famous for more than four decades of cover illustrations  for The Saturday Evening Post

His best-known works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace and the Four Freedoms series. 
From Wikepedia

Norman Rockwell lived a long and highly productive life, which came to an end in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on November 8, 1978, aged 84.

Cat # 14027 Rockwell Cat