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A Creative Happy Retirement From Guest Blogger Maria Cannon

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Maria Cannon, a Quilter and Hobbyist who keeps up the Blog Hobbyjr.org, has written the guest post below. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you. NWJ

From Maria Cannon

You’ve been looking forward to retirement for years, and you can’t wait for time to kick back and relax. After decades of toiling in the workforce, what could be better than a life of reading books, watching TV, and socializing with friends?

Countless seniors head into retirement with this mindset, only to realize by the second month that they’re bored out of their minds. Rather than relaxation, endless free time has left them feeling unsatisfied, restless, and without purpose. But where did they go wrong?

In order to enjoy a happy retirement, it’s important for seniors to have hobbies they find personally fulfilling. Boredom can be the forerunner of crippling issues like mental health problems, addiction, and cognitive decline. Hobbies are the perfect boredom buster, but that’s not all they do. Hobbies also:

●     Provide a social outlet. Seniors engaged in a hobby have opportunities to connect with new friends who share their interests. This social support can be invaluable in old age, facilitating everything from early detection of illness to prolonged independence.

●     Promote brain health. Learning a new hobby challenges your mental abilities. It engages your memory, problem solving skills, and other cognitive faculties. This keeps you sharp as you age and helps prevent cognitive disorders that affect the elderly, like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

●     Keep you active. Whether a hobby is active in nature or not, simply having a hobby can help seniors stay active as they age by getting them out of the house and using skills that might otherwise wane.

●     Bring in money. While it’s perfectly fine to pursue a hobby for nothing but the enjoyment of it, seniors who could use some extra cash can turn a hobby like woodworking, embroidery, or collecting into an income stream.

●     Improve self esteem. When a senior leaves the workforce or moves on from raising a family, they can be struck by a lost sense of purpose that devastates their self esteem. A rewarding hobby can fill that hole and build seniors’ confidence.

If you don’t already have a hobby or two you enjoy, spend time trying out new activities until you find one that clicks. There are plenty of hobbies that seniors can get involved in, and they range from activities dominated by older adults to ones that attract a multi-generational group.

Here are a few hobbies to consider taking up during retirement:

●     Woodworking. Creating wood crafts is a popular hobby among retired men — so much, in fact, that some retirement homes are including wood shops in their community’s design. As long as a senior can safely use tools, they can enjoy a hobby that lets them create practical and fun projects for personal enjoyment, gifts, or sale.

●     Sewing, knitting, or crocheting. While these are somewhat cliche hobbies for seniors, there’s a reason they’re so popular. Crafting is not only emotionally soothing and mentally stimulating, it’s also personally rewarding as it lets seniors create something tangible that they can share with loved ones.

●     Walking, swimming, dancing, or golfing. Active hobbies are a great choice for seniors due to the importance of healthy habits in later life. Walking is the ideal free hobby, swimming offers arthritis-friendly exercise, and dancing and golfing let older adults get social while getting active.

●     Volunteering. If giving back to the community is a priority for your senior years, get involved in volunteering. No matter the cause you choose, you’ll meet people, discover new skills, and enrich your life.

●     Gardening. While gardening for seniors is hardly a new idea, there’s a reason this retirement hobby is so popular. Gardening increases physical activity, maintains coordination and motor skills, and reduces stress and anxiety in senior citizens.

If you haven’t already thought about how you’ll stay happy, busy, and productive in retirement, now is the time to start. Find an activity you enjoy, cultivate your skills, and discover how much of a difference a hobby can make to your post-retirement satisfaction.

Norman Wyatt Signature Collection First Run SELLS OUT

I am very excited to report that the first collection of the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Earthtones 2‘ has SOLD OUT of its first print run! And, my second collection, ‘Bird Watchers‘  is well on its way to selling out as well! I am feeling so thankful to see that all of the hard work and dedication to my craft is truly making a difference. What a true blessing.
NWJ

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Earthtones 2’

 

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Earthtones 2’

 

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Earthtones 2’

 

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Birdwatchers

 

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Birdwatchers’

 

From the Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, ‘Birdwatchers’

“A Million Wishes” Found on Houzz, Overstock, Wayfair

“A Million Wishes”, now available on Houzz.comOverstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Seasonal Changes from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr., ‘Frigid Morning’

“Frigid Morning”, now available on Houzz.comOverstock.com, and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Shades Of Grey” From Artitst Norman Wyatt, Jr., Available

Find “Shades of Grey”, on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Offers Latest, “Amethyst”, Online

“Amethyst”, now available on Houzz.comOverstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Take to the “Sparkling Seas II” New Art from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Sparkling Sea II”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Happy Father’s Day from Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Happy Father’s Day! I am grateful and excited to have celebrated this Father’s Day with my beautiful wife and awesome children! We had a wonderful dinner at Ruth’s Chris. I am very thankful for all the blessings that continue in our lives.
Wishing you all the best,
NWJ

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and his family on Father’s Day 2017

Dig up “Sea Jewels” From Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Online Now

Available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Sea Jewels”.
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Original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

American Artist, Norman Wyatt, Jr., Celebrates His Birthday

Thank you to everyone for the kind birthday wishes! I feel blessed to see another wonderful year.
NWJ

Norman Wyatt, Jr. and his wife Maketah, on the artist’s birthday, 2017.

 

Night Travelers Reaches Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Night Travelers”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Art From Norman Wyatt Jr., “Revelation”, Now Online

Available now, on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Revelation”.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Denim Threads” Now Available

“Denim Threads”, available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“River Gold” First Run on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “River Gold”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt Jr. Vacations In Destin, FL

I feel so blessed. Recently, I was able to take a break from my busy schedule to spend precious time with my wonderful family. We had an amazing time! White sand, clear water, fresh seafood and beautiful weather — I can’t wait to go back to Destin, Florida!
NWJ

 

Dig Up Norman Wyatt Jr.’s “Blue Sunflowers” on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

“Blue Sunflowers”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Find “Timeless” from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Online

“Timeless”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Promise Me” Debuts Online

“Promise Me”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com, and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Get “Uplifted” On Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

“Uplifted”, available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Elation” Hits Houzz, Overtstock and Wayfair

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Elation”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Mermaid Pearls” New to Overstock, Wayfair and Houzz Online

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com andWayfair.com, “Mermaid Pearls”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Shades of Grey”, Artwork By Norman Wyatt, Jr., Now Online

“Shades of Grey”, available on Houzz.comOverstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Find “Iron, Copper, Jade” on Overstock, Wayfair and Houzz from Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Iron, Copper, Jade”, now available on Houzz.comOverstock.com and Wayfair.com.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt’s “Allure 1-4” Now On Wayfair, Overstock and Houzz

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Allure 1-4”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Norman Wyatt, Jr. “Gentile Grace” Now Online

“Gentile Grace”, available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com, and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt Jr. Takes Chicago

Last week, I visited Chicago with my wife Maketah, and cousin/photographer, Keith Nixon. We met with a new Wall Decor publisher and enjoyed getting to know new business associates there. We also had a great time partaking in amazing food, seeing the sights and hearing the wondrous sounds of the Windy City. I can’t wait to go back!
NWJ

 

 

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Offers “Moon and Stars”

New from artist, Norman Wyatt, Jr., “Moon and Stars”.  Available now on Houzz.comOverstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Flecks of Gold”, Rush Online – From Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Flecks of Gold”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Can’t Wait”, Now Online from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Can’t Wait”, available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Heatwave” Hits Online from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Heatwave”.

NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Norman Wyatt, Jr. Art On Overstock, Houzz and Wayfair

“Flow”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Merry Christmas From Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and Family

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
May God continue to bless you and your families this holiday season.
NWJ

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and Family

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and Family

“Cool Agate”, Online from American Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Cool Agate”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Unveils “Crest V” Online

Just in time for the holidays, “Crest V”. Available on Overstock.com, Houzz.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Fashion Collection 15% Off on VIDA

The Norman Wyatt, Jr. Fashion Collection on VIDA.com is now 15% off!  Just use the code NLEX-15 at checkout for the savings! Do share and hurry over. The code expires on 12/7.

NWJ

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Announces New Fashion Collection on Vida.com

Hello! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I’m excited to announce my debut into fashion with a company/site called VIDA. VIDA is where Artists/Designers create and design apparel and sell via VIDA.com. Please check out the site and search for “nwstudios ” on the VIDA home page, to find all of my designs. There is a big sale going on through this Sunday. Don’t miss it and please share the great news and the link https://shopvida.com/search?q=Nwstudios&x=0&y=0
Thank you all for your support.
NWJ

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

Norman Wyatt, Jr. Original Artwork Fashion Collection

“The Day I Met You” from American Artist, Norman Wyatt, Jr., Now Online

“The Day I Met You”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Venus” Now Online

“Venus”, now available on Overstock.com, Wayfair.com, and Houzz.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt Jr.’s “Upstream” Available Online

“Upstream”,  available now on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

‘Earthtones 2’ from Norman Wyatt, Jr. debuts at International Quilt Market

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending the International Quilt Market in Houston, where my first fabric collection, “Earthtones 2”, under the Norman Wyatt Signature Subdivision with P&B Textiles, debuted.

It was amazing to see so many manufacturers, business owners, and buyers representing the quilting, sewing, and fabric industry. I even met a few fans!

I am so blessed to be able use my gifts, creativity, and business sense, to do what I love.

NWJ

 

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, October 2016

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, October 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Coastal Downpour” Arrives Online – New from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Coastal Downpour”, now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt Jr.’s “Neptune’s Fury” Hath Arrived Online

Now available, “Neptune’s Fury”, on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary to my Best Friend, Maketah.
NWJ
Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and his wife, Maketah.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. and his wife, Maketah.

Find “Joy Within” on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New on Houzz.com, Overstock.com, and Wayfair.com, “Joy Within”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Ocean Couture” New to Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com, Wayfair.com “Ocean Couture”.
NWJ

Original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Fresh New Work from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr., “Evening Glow”

Now available on Overstock.com, Houzz.com and Wayfair.com, “Evening Glow”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Scarlett Ribbon”, from American Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr., Online

“Scarlett Ribbon”, now available on Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s New Work on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

Now available on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com, “Ocean Geode I &II.”
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Get “Chlorophyll” on Wayfair, Overstock and Houzz

“Chlorophyll, now available on Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Currents and Tides” from Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Now Online

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Currents and Tides”, now available on Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Art from Norman Wyatt, Jr. Online – “Beach Memories”

Now available on  Wayfair.com, Houzz.com, and Overstock.com “Beach Memories” from artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.

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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Follow Me” Available on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

Available soon Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com, new artwork, “Follow Me”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection Logo Unveiled

I am ecstatic to unveil the logo for my new fabric brand, The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, a division within General Fabrics Company.

My Signature Collection will debut this October at The International Quilt and Fabric Market in Houston, Texas.
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The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, a division of General Fabrics Company.

“Meandering Stream” by Norman Wyatt Jr. on Art Classics Ltd.

Available soon on ArtClassicsLtd.com, “Meandering Stream”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Eager Heron” on Art Classics Ltd.

Available soon on ArtClassicsLtd.com, “Eager Heron”.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Flowers for Tiffany” Norman Wyatt Jr.’s Art Classics Available Online

“Flowers for Tiffany”, available soon on ArtClassicsLtd.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “The Gathering” Unveiled on Art Classics Ltd.

Available soon on ArtClassicsLtd.com, “The Gathering”.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Find “Peace” on Overstock, Wayfair and Houzz from Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Peace”, available soon on Overstock.com, Wayfair.com and Houzz.com.
NWJ

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s New Art at Crate & Barrel

My latest image, “Submerge”, is now on sale at Crate & Barrel retail stores and online at http://m.crateandbarrel.com/submerge-print/s662158
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Structure” on Wayfair, Overstock and Houzz

“Structure”, coming soon to Wayfair.com, Overstock.com, and Houzz.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

General Fabrics Creates New Division: The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection

This past April, I took a business trip to New York City to meet with General Fabrics. During the meeting, I gave a proposal that led to a presentation in front of the company’s owners, the head of product development, the head of marketing and sales, as well as the head of design.

I am pleased to announce that as of last week, I now have my own personal fabric brand and separate division within General Fabrics called The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection.

My Signature Collection debuts October 2016 in Houston Texas, at the International Quilt and Fabric Market. This new venture gives me the opportunity to create and design fabric collections under my own personal brand, thus solidifying my goal of becoming a brand in itself for the decor market.

I’m extremely grateful and I thank God for allowing me to have the faith, courage, and zeal to call the head of product development and simply state “I have an idea. I would like to have my own fabric brand.”

With God, all things are possible.
NWJ

The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection Division, General Fabrics

 

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American Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. discusses his Signature Collection at General Fabrics April 2016

 

The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, General Fabrics

 

The Norman Wyatt Signature Collection, General Fabrics

Norman Wyatt’s “Streamers” Available on Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

“Streamers”, available soon on Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com.

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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Impulse” by Norman Wyatt, Jr. Available on Wayfair.com

“Impulse”, available soon on Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt’s “Gleeful Blooms” Debuts on HGTV’s Brother Vs. Brother

Some great news!
My artwork, “Gleeful Blooms” will be featured on HGTV’s Brother Vs. Brother Season 4!

Be on the lookout for the show airing this summer.

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/brother-vs-brother

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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Garden Beauties” by Norman Wyatt, Jr. to Debut on Wayfair.com

Available soon on Wayfair.com, “Garden Beauties”.
NWJ

 

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt Jr.’s Summer Artwork on Overstock, Wayfair and Houzz

Inspired by summer, “White Sands”.

Available soon on Overstock.com, Wayfair.com, Houzz.com

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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

The ‘Norman Wyatt Art Group’ Now A Brand Name

I’m pleased to announce an exciting new development.

 

The Norman Wyatt Art Group is now its own brand. This new venture allows me to publish the artists in my group under my brand and logo.

 

Through NWAG, I mentor, art direct, and act as liaison between each artist and art publishing companies.

 

Look for work from NWAG on Overstock.com, Wayfair.com and Hayneedle.com.

 

Artwork created by NWAG artist, Keith Nixon is featured in this post and will be available for purchase on the sites.

 

NWJ

 

 

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Original Artwork By Keith Nixon, NWGA

Original Artwork by Keith Nixon, NWGA

 

Original Artwork by Keith Nixon, NWGA

 

Original Artwork By Keith Nixon, NWGA

Original Artwork by Keith Nixon, NWGA

 

 

Artist Norman Wyatt, Jr. Visits New York City

Recently, I took a business trip to New York with my wife, Maketah and my cousins Kayla Sherrie and Keith Nixon. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of NYC.

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American Artist, Norman Wyatt, Jr. and his wife, Maketah in New York City.

 

New York City Skyline

 

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Times Square, New York City

 

Blogger, Kayla Sherrie and NWAG Artist, Keith Nixon

“Goldfish” by Norman Wyatt, Jr., Now Available on Wayfair, Overstock and Houzz

Now, through  Wayfair.com, Overstock.com and Houzz.com, “Goldfish”.

NWJ

 

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Colorful Poppy Flower Art Collection by Norman Wyatt, Jr. On Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

I hope you enjoy the beauty and grace of the Poppy flower in this collection.

Available soon on Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
NWJ

 

“Red Poppy”, Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

“White Poppy”, Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

“Golden Poppy”, Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

“Blue Poppy”, Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

Norman Wyatt Jr.’s “Umbrellas” on Amazon, Houzz, Overstock and Wayfair

“Umbrellas” – Available soon on Amazon.com, Houzz.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.

NWJ

 

"Umbrellas" original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Umbrellas” original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair “Rejoice” for Norman Wyatt, Jr.

My latest original artwork “Rejoice”, arrives soon arrive soon on Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.

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"Rejoice" original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Rejoice” original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Sunrise” by Norman Wyatt, Jr. Debuts on Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair

“Sunrise”, available soon on Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

“I Should Have Known”, Original Art from Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Coming soon to Amazon.com, Overstock.com, and Wayfair.com, “I Should Have Known”.

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Norman Wyatt, Jr., original artwork.

Original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Winter”, New Art from Norman Waytt, Jr.

“Winter” – Available soon on Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com.
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"Winter" original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Winter”, original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“This Is Love” New Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr. Available on Overstock.com

Available now on Overstock.com, my latest work, “Is This Love.”

A great new addition for your home or office collection.

NWJ

 

 

"Is This Love" original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Is This Love” original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Art Work “Crystal Creek” by Norman Wyatt, Jr. Coming Soon to Amazon, et. al

Coming soon to Overstock.com, Wayfair.com and Amazon.com, my latest work, “Crystal Creek.”

I’d love to hear how you make this artwork a part of your home or office collection.

Happy New Year,

NWJ

 

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“Crystal Creek” original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

New Artwork “November Pearls” by Norman Wyatt, Jr. Coming Soon to Amazon, et. al

Coming soon to Overstock.com, Wayfair.com and Amazon.com, my latest work, “November Pearls.”

I’d love to hear how you make this artwork a part of your home or office collection.

Happy Holidays,

NWJ

 

"November Pearls" original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“November Pearls” original artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Seven Norman Wyatt Art Group Artists Now On Overstock.com and Artclassicsltd.com

I am proud to announce that seven artists from The Norman Wyatt Art Group now have artwork for sale on Overstock.com and Artclassicsltd.com.

Through NWAG, I mentor, art direct, and act as liaison between artists and art publishing companies.

Any of these pieces would make a great gift. I would love to hear who you’ll send these to this holiday season.

Happy Holidays,
NWJ

 

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Dana McMillan, Art available on www.overstock.com

 

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P Studio, Art available on www.overstock.com

 

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Dorothea Taylor, Art available on www.overstock.com

 

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Candice England, Art available on www.overstock.com

 

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Tina Epps, Art available on www.overstock.com

 

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Sye Ellis, Art available on www.artclassicsltd.com

 

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Tobin Aitcher, Art available on www.artclassicsltd.com

Norman Wyatt, Jr.’s “Watercolor Florals” Just In Time for Holiday Shopping Online

Happy Holiday Season.

My collection of “Watercolor Florals” will be available just in time for holiday shopping on Wayfair.com, Overstock.com, and Amazon.com.

Giving Artwork is a beautiful expression that warms a home or office all throughout the year.

NWJ

 

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“Shades of Autumn” Hits The International Quilt Market in Houston, TX

“Shades of Autumn”, a fabric collection created from my original artwork, hits the International Quilt Market in Houston, October 24th-26th.

This is the first fabric collection that I have produced directly without an agent.

With this collection, retailers get a fresh and exciting perspective of fall that can be used on a variety of products and merchandise.

Here’s a look at the “Shades of Autumn” collection.

Thanks,
NWJ

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New Norman Wyatt, Jr. Images Available Online Soon

“Autumn Rouge” Original By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

"October Road" Original By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“October Road” Original By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

"October Bush" by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“October Bush” By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

"Autumn Gems" Original By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Autumn Gems” Original By Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Just in time for the fall season.

A sneak peek of some of my original images coming  soon to Amazon.com, Wayfair.com and Overstock.com. I think they’ll make a great addition to your home or office. Don’t you?

NWJ

 

Reaching New Heights At Norman Wyatt Studio

When I first started in the wall decor publishing business,in 2004, I signed exclusively with a publisher from Vermont. This start allowed my artwork to be seen abroad in retailers and online sales.

 

From there, a few years later, I left that publisher to work exclusively with a local wall decor company, as an in- house staff artist. They hired me to do the work of two or three artists, having a quota of over 40 new images a month. Although it was very challenging, this demand forced me to dig deeper into my creative inspiration, as well as expanded the range of styles and looks I was able to create.

 

The beginning of January, 2009, a day less than a year of being with this new publisher, I was laid off. This was an extreme challenge because my career had been moving upward, with more exposure than ever. So, to just stop or go back to past jobs and possibilities wasn’t even an option for me. I always believe in going forward.

 

After spending time thinking, meditating, and praying, I moved forward. I established Norman Wyatt Studios. I asked God for wisdom in business and the knowledge and ability to negotiate and comprehend contracts. I took a few contacts from the job that laid me off, and reached out to a few companies.

 

Long story short, after entering the wall decor publishing business in 2004, with one exclusive publisher, today Norman Wyatt Studios has five non exclusive publishing contracts, with a sixth publisher in the works.

 

It’s a lot of work, and a lot to manage for one person, but my prayers for business wisdom has guided me to efficiently handle what I do. So now, instead of painting 40 plus images for someone else, I paint the 40 plus images a month for my own business.

 

I have a vision for myself and my family, developing a legacy that is established in passion, diligence, and most importantly, extreme FAITH.

 

Norman Wyatt Jr.

“David Slays Goliath” Original Artwork Available

“David Slays Goliath”

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Acrylic on canvas

30″ x 40″ $3800.00

Please inbox me for details.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Jonah and the Whale” Original Artwork Available

“Jonah and the Whale”

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Acrylic on canvas

30″ x 40″ $3800.00

Please inbox me for details.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Norman Wyatt Art Group Connects Artists & Wall Decor Publishing Market

Norman Wyatt Art Group

 

Great News! I’m excited to report outstanding progress with my business venture The Norman Wyatt Art Group.

Since its founding a year ago, NWAG has connected 13 new artists with the wall decor publishing business.

This is a fantastic opportunity that many artists and graphic designers can tap into and reach the world with their art in the retail decor sector.

Through NWAG, I mentor, art direct, and act as liaison between each artist and the art publishing companies. Most artists in the wall decor business exclusively work with one publisher, which is how I started in 2004. However, I have developed relationships with and currently supply original artwork to multiple publishers simultaneously. This creates additional streams of income from the artwork sold in the market.

Some of the artists I work with have been able to obtain contracts with two to three publishers within their first year working with NWAG.

Whether I search online and reach out to new artists, or I am approached by an artist directly, I try to look at their current portfolio and artistic ability to decide if their work fits or if it can be developed to meet the needs of the wall decor market.

So far, it’s been a great experience and I hope to continue to build a long-lasting relationship with each artist.

 

Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

NWJ Part of New App: #1Selfie

A new App has recently entered the marketplace called #1Selfie.

It’s an App that I’m proud to be a part of as users are able to safely post and share photos.

Please check out #1Selfie and get your FREE download today through Google Play and the AppStore.

 

#1Selfie App Now Available

#1Selfie App Now Available

New Affiliation with E&S Gallery Links NWJ Artwork with Domestic and International Markets

 

Exciting news! I just became affiliated with E&S Gallery, an international and domestic art retailer. With a focus on displaying and selling original artwork on canvas, E&S Gallery is located in Louisville, Kentucky. The retailer serves more than 5,000 mid-level and seasoned experienced buyers. It also caters to those just starting their art collections. The new affiliation broadens the market for my work abroad.

 

"The Seven Locks of Samson"

“The Seven Locks of Samson” Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

 

 

"The Brook Eshcol"

“The Brook Eschol” Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“The Parting of the Red Sea” Original Artwork Available

“The Parting of the Red Sea”
Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.
Acrylic on canvas
36″ x 48″ $5000.00
Available at E&S Gallery in Louisville, KY

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“Last November” Original Artwork Available

“Last November”

Original Artwork By Norman Wyatt, Jr.
A set of two, 8″x 8″

Acrylic on Illustration Board
$900.00

Please inbox me for details.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

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.Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

“New York City Blues” – Original Available

“New York City Blues”
8″x 27″ Original
Acrylic on Illustration Board
$1200.00

For purchase, please contact me

The Business of Art: An Educational Tour

It’s been a fantastic month of sharing my business and creative knowledge with students in my local community.

Up first, my alma mater, Virginia State University.

Returning to VSU as a successful artist and an entrepreneur was such an honor and a true blessing. My fellow Trojans inspired me with their ambitions and creative thirst for knowledge. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these aspiring young minds.

Having been an elementary art teacher for 6 years, I was equally excited to be a part of career days at J.E.J. Moore Middle School, Walton Elementary and Surry County Elementary. At these schools, my presentations focused on the connection between math and science with art and design.

After spending time in these schools, I’m pleased to report that we have some incredibly talented and inquisitive students in the Virginia area!

Next month, I’m looking forward to visiting Sussex County Middle School.

In the mean time, on Mondays I’ll be featuring artwork that’s available for immediate purchase on my blog and Facebook. So, be sure to check back in for an artistic expression that will surely enrich your home or office.

NW

“The Burning Bush” Sells at Auction – Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt Jr.

 'The Burning Bush' Original Artwork by Norman Wyatt, Jr.

I am very pleased to share with you that my original artwork, “The Burning Bush” sold at The Richmond Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Art Auction on March 21, 2015.

The event was hosted at the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts. Proceeds raised during the auction will go towards an endowed scholarship at Virginia Union University and several nonprofit organizations.

Look for more exciting information to come this month.

Thank you sincerely for your continued support.

NW

BEYOND THE CANVAS, MY ART IN MOTION

Hello and Welcome! I am Norman Wyatt, Jr. and I am an American artist with more than ten years of experience.

This year, I am embarking on some exciting new artistic adventures and I’ll be using this blog to share my journey with you.

Most of my work comes about through the use of mixed media.

When creating, I am usually inspired by the simple beauty of nature.

Recently, I collaborated with Art in Motion to create two bedding sets and a bath ensemble.

It was truly an exciting process seeing my original artwork transformed to create these products that are now available through Bed, Bath and Beyond online and in select U.S. retail stores.

These exquisite items are great additions to any home and I am sincerely pleased to share them you!

LOIRE COMFORTER SET

The Loire Comforter Set design above was inspired by ironwork lattices and fencing. I studied chain link patterns and dimensions in great detail. Then, I worked to create a similar concept, pictured below, which are the images of my own original artwork.

Also available from Bed Bath and Beyond are the Hanami Comforter Set and the Hanami Shower Curtain.

HANAMI COMFORTER SET

HANAMI SHOWER CURTAIN

The Hanami Comforter Set and the Hanami Shower Curtain were both created from original artwork that I fashioned after being inspired by Asian Cherry Blossoms, Zen gardening and tranquility. In the images below, I worked to create original artwork that conveyed the peace that often comes from sitting in a garden and enjoying nature.

I hope you enjoy these items as well as the news and information I’ll be sharing on this site.

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