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Review of Thomas Kinkade's Artwork

Updated on October 11, 2014

When I think of inspirational artwork, Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Eve comes to mind. When I was a small kid, I always enjoyed myself when my mom took me to his galleries. She always admired the way he manipulated light in his artwork; so naturally I did as well. Thomas Kinkade is a dignified painter, bus also a good family man and Christian.

Kinkade manipulates light in a way that it is hard to tell where the glow is coming from. He can make the light shine through the trees and illuminate fields of flowers. Actually, in every painting that I have ever seen he deploys this technique in lighting, which is one of his trademarks. On Christmas Eve, he uses a light technique so that the light in the house is bursting with radiance onto the lawn. His most famous trademark is the hidden John 3:16. In all of his paintings he carefully places at least one John 3:16 or J 3:16. The Bible verse John 3:16 is the meaning behind his artwork. What I mean is, he testifies that God gives him a talent in artwork so he can spread God’s work. The secret John 3:16 located in Christmas Eve is on the small sign beside the street light.

When I went to Kinkade’s galleries, I was so inspired to see how he could make a bridge look so divine by giving the painting a heavenly glow. Most of his subjects include cottages, churches, gazebos, gardens, gates, bridges, and lighthouses. To me, the simple everyday subjects he paints is my idea of country living. What is necessary for me to consider something “art” is the gift of the painter. My judgment may sound harsh, but if someone has a great subject matter, but lacks in aptitude, then his painting is pretty worthless to me (unless they’re my kid). Christmas Eve is a masterpiece when it comes to technique, Thomas Kinkade captures the naturalism of a real picture.

The last thing that makes me classify something as “art” is the way it makes me feel. When I look at Kinkade’s paintings I just want to hop on them and join the fun. When I look at Christmas Eve, I feel as if the house were filled with warmth and love. I can imagine that there is a family sitting beside a fireplace, drinking hot cocoa, and playing Scrabble. Whenever I look at his paintings, I just naturally paint a picture in my head of my perfect heaven. When looking at Christmas Eve, I just feel loved; what is more perfect than that?

In conclusion, I admire the Thomas Kinkade’s painting. The way that he expresses light, it’s as if he suggests heavenly light. The pictures that he paints, the subject matter, it’s inspiring to me. I may not be a country girl, but when I see a gate in the country that Kinkade has painted, I feel like one. Finally, I appreciate how his paintings make me feel; like I’m at home. If I had the opportunity, I would go to another one of his galleries. I can’t wait until my child is born, and I get to show him (or her) a Thomas Kinkade painting.


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    • Ann1Az2 profile image


      4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I love Kinkade's work, too. You did a great review.

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      4 years ago from Malaysia


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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      Spoken like an engineer greatstuff!

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      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow, Randall if 5% of American homes have one of his paintings ( original & prints I presumed) that means 317 million x 5% = 15.85 milion. If there are 4 people per household, then there are 4 million homes with his paintings. That's amazing.

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      Randall Guinn 

      4 years ago

      Thomas was a good man, and a great artist. As an amateur artist, more than once I have tried to imitate him. He was too young to pass away, but at least he had some time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. I have heard that 5% of American homes have one of his paintings.

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      Linda F Correa 

      4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      His art is unique and thoughtful. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I have always enjoyed his work.

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      Nathan M 

      4 years ago from Tucson

      I'm only familiar with his calendars since I purchase one for my mom every Christmas. I do like the look of his art, at least from what I've seen of it.


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