The Painter of Light Goes Home

thomas-kinkadeHello friends…

I’m sure by now that most of you have heard about the passing of the gifted artist, Thomas Kinkade.  And I felt compelled to comment here about what he left behind.

For a brief time I was not so taken with Kinkade.  It really didn’t have to do with his life or his art, as much as it had to do with my short lived association with a local Kinkade gallery I was being trained to work in.  The woman who managed the facility didn’t really appreciate that I was being placed in her gallery by the owners, and hence she made it very clear my ‘intrusion’ was not going to be accepted with opened arms. I suspect she didn’t want her commissions threatened by sharing sales with another person (she insinuated this with a couple of comments).

At the time, the whole experience turned me off to gallery work and Kinkade.  But later, after I left the situation, and no longer felt the stings of outrageous animosity, I began to appreciate Thomas Kinkade’s work much more.  I began to see in it what others saw…the light and quietness of Love.

For all of his popularity among the masses, Kinkade was not well liked among the ‘art world’, and it’s been said of him that his work would never be accepted by museums because he wasn’t innovative.   (He was in good company, though, because the impressionists didn’t like William Bougeureau’s realism).  And the fact that Kinkade appealed to the masses by reproducing his work on just about every household item, as well as prints, didn’t cozy him up any more to the avant garde crowd.  But Kinkade felt that mass production made it possible for everyone, in every financial situation, to enjoy beauty.

His body of work appealed to the masses because it portrayed the idealism of serenity and security.  It gave a promise of hope to family and community alike.  And I can see why.  I mean…

Thomas Kinkade - Blessings of Christmaswho wouldn’t want to come home to or be greeted on a cold winter’s night by this scene.

tk2007b-christmas-cottageOr this…

Thomas Kinkade - Chandler's CottageAnd who couldn’t imagine living here…

thomas-kinkade-victorian-autumn-33103or here…

Amongst the abundance of flowers, the mists, the glistening lights and cool shadows, the imagination is free to roam with the promises of hope each painting stirs within.  And isn’t that what art should do?  Shouldn’t it stir the imagination, make a statement, provoke conversation, thought, and emotion?  I think Thomas Kinkade succeeded at all of the above.  And he’s first rate in my book.

Due to recent bizarre behavior, and misfortunes in his personal and financial life, some now say that though Kinkade painted serene, idealistic scenes, his life was anything but…  Well, whose life is completely ideal?  Who hasn’t fell upon rough or thorny patches personally, financially, emotionally, or spiritually at some time in their life?  Perhaps that’s one reason he was drawn to paint the secure and serene, the ideal…perhaps he wanted that in his life.  Perhaps he achieved it for a while.  It was obviously in his heart, because you don’t paint like that without it coming from your heart.

Thomas Kinkade gave the world a little more beauty and light, and I believe that his heavenly Father kept a precious light burning in a window for him.  Perhaps in the window of a lovely cottage similar, yet more magnificent, to those he painted, surrounded by the most beautiful gardens he could ever imagine.  And perhaps, even now, the Painter of Light is sitting in that cottage with Jesus, the true Light, chatting and taking in the ideal Paradise.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


The above images are of Thomas Kinkade and his paintings.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 15:00:21

    what a tribute for a talented artist! May he Rests in Peace. I’m so sorry to hear about your experience in the Kinkade’s gallery, I must admit i don’t know much about arts and the artists but looking at those painting he made, I’m so awed by his gifted talent, I agree that who wouldnt want to live in those beautiful houses he created, especially the cottage one! oh i wish i live in there but as u say, life isn’t easy, nobody’s perfect and life is full of ups and downs, even me …my way of having little pleasures and little happiness is through blogging, creating and it’s also an escape from the problems i have in life. once again, a beautiful post and great tribute to Kinkade! xx susan



  2. Myrna
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 17:52:59

    I love his work, it is very enchanting , the world as we wish it were,reflecting what heaven might be .



  3. Marianne
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 00:05:30

    I’m sorry that my post was the bearer of the news of Thomas Kinkade’s death for so many. I thought I was the only one who didn’t find out about it right away ( 2 days later). But it seems that perhaps the media didn’t really give it much coverage. They must be too busy covering other things.

    He wasn’t in the conventional sense a celebrity, I suppose. I mean, we are still hearing about Whitney Houston’s passing, and Davy Jones (God rest them) on almost every channel. That’s just the way the world turns.



  4. Vicki Thompson
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 21:15:48

    Beautiful post, Marianne, my friend! You said everything perfectly! I did not know that he had passed. I always said I would love to live in one of his sweet, sweet rose covered cottages . I hope you have a wonderful weekend. love always~ Vicki



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    Apr 14, 2012 @ 09:46:06

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  6. Jenn
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 21:18:15

    I had no idea he died. Gee, I was thinking he’s young. I see he was 54. Goodness. I really enjoyed your write up about him, and his art. Some good thoughts went into what you wrote.

    I also see Kerrie above – I had just been over on her blog. Small world!



  7. Lynn at Cottage and Creek
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 01:51:33

    Very nice tribute to this talented artist, Marianne. I agree with you that the beauty he conveyed had to come from deep inside. I love the way you leave us thinking of him sitting with Jesus … I’m glad he’s at peace now.



  8. Brenda
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 13:17:52

    What a wonderful tribute, Marianne. He was an amazing artist and I believe he is at peace now. He brought the Light to many homes. Your writing of him is so gracious and from the heart.
    Thank you for sharing this,



  9. Holly
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 02:47:20

    PS I love John William Waterhouse too! =0)



  10. Holly
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 02:38:28

    Hi Marianne~ Thank you so much for stopping by my place and leaving your wonderful message. You made my day. I saw that about Thomas Kincaide this weekend and was so saddened. I did not know about all that you shared! Isn’t it funny how we “assume” so much about a person…his pictures are so serene and inviting and peaceful. Perhaps even though he had storms, he had peace inside which was reflected in the light inside the homes. Thank you for this wonderful post. I read it with fascination.



    • Marianne
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 02:48:50

      What a perceptive idea, Holly, that the light in his homes was a reflection of the light that was truly within him. A light we all have, but sometimes don’t realize.



  11. Kerrie Marquart
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 01:42:27

    I had not heard that he passed! So sorry. He was not very old, was he? God bless him.



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