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Thomas Kinkade Painter Of Beauty

Updated on December 11, 2011
Courtesy Thomas Kinkake Gallery.Com
Courtesy Thomas Kinkake Gallery.Com

Brief History

Born in Sacramento California on January 19, 1958 Thomas graduated from High School in 1976 and began to attend University of California Berkeley and the Art Center of Design in Pasadena. Inspired and mentored by the famous Glen Wessels and Charles Bell, Thomas Kinkade continued on his journey and proceeded to travel with his college friend Jim Gurney traveling across the United States and ending there journey in 1980 securing a contract with Guptil publications to create and produce a sketching handbook. In 1982 him and his long time college friend Jim Gurney produced there first sketching handbook which was entitled, "Artist's Guide to Sketching." The success of this book landed both he and Jim Gurney at Ralph Bashki studios creating background art for the 1983 animated movie called, " Fire and Ice". After the animated film Thomas Kinkade began to earn a living as a painter selling original artwork throughout California.

Thomas Kinkade hides the letter "N" in all of his artwork as a tribute to his first love Nannette. He also has included names and images of his four daughters in his paintings and was also influenced by the famous Norman Rockwell, both Thomas Kinkade and Norman Rockwell were inspired by small town America expressing the conservative views of small town America, (as noted from Wikipedia).

A devout Christian Thomas Kinkade's work sends a message of faith, peace. joy, beauty and happiness in the paintings that he creates. Many of his beautiful paintings are depicted and contain many chapter-and-verse- allusions taken directly from Bible passages.

Courtesy of Thomas Kinkade gallery.com
Courtesy of Thomas Kinkade gallery.com

Watching the "Christmas Cottage" not once but twice and also recording ,Thomas Kinkade's life came full circle to us. Being an admirer of his talent and paintings we sat and watched silently as his life story was told along with true events that unfolded not flinching but in awe as his name Thomas Kinkade took on true meaning of who he was, how he grew up and of course a subliminal message about who he married. He and his younger brother Pat had so much love for their mother you could feel the heartbeat of two young boys in the story. Their mom was a very giving woman who resided in the town of Placerville, California Thomas Kinkade had seen the struggles of life as his neighbor Glen told him to 'Paint The Light'. His first drawing was given to his mother at Christmas and he painted the first mural in Placerville en-capturing the people in the town and the beauty of the city. We sat in front of the Television mesmerized by this well written life story about a man and his brother who assisted with saving there mother's home in Placerville, California along with a community who came together as family to help one another in a time of need. If you are a true-lover of Thomas Kinkade art then this Christmas special should be one that explains to you who he is, what his beautiful paintings were inspired by and why he is the person he is today.

If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Placerville, California where the famous Thomas Kinkade was raised you will then be able to en-capture and understand that God has given him a gift to share with others just as Glen Wessels told him , "Paint The Light" he listened to his mentor and God blessed him with the wonderful gift that he now shares with millions, which is the beauty of light that is reflected in each one of his beautiful paintings.

Courtesy Thomas Kinkade Art Gallery.com
Courtesy Thomas Kinkade Art Gallery.com

Thoughts

Just like Thomas Kinkade who had mentors and visions of his direction I to believe that I am being lead to do great things. Sharing with others what God has given me and giving back to many has inspired me to keep going through the tough times, there is certainly light at end of the storm. I do not draw or paint but I certainly hope that when I write about my life or what is placed on my heart that others read, believe and listen. I to just like many writers has a dream it is our place to pursue it and continue on our journey until we are fulfilled.

One day I will own one of his originals and will turn that dream into a reality, Thank you Thomas Kinkade for being an inspiration and a light for so many of us who have a dream.

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      He certainly is romantic

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Very interesting AE. Nice tribute to a wonderful man. I wonder is he related to Aron, the last name is spelled different though.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      vrajavela: His paintings are romantic and beautiful they capture beauty in a very special way.:)

      ralwus: mmmm..... I don't believe so just based on research and true life events on the Christmas Cottage but he certainly is a wonderful man and such an inspiration! :)

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Your stories are so inspiring. I needed to read this today. Thank you!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Tammy Lochmann: I am glad that I could inspire on a Sunday morning. He is an inspiration to me and I truly appreciate his talent, his art and his life. :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your fantastic hub. There is something special in his painting and that makes a painter outstanding. I enjoyed your hub, giving all these inside information.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is nice hub to read the beauty of a painter probably he has blessed by the Jesus as his painting contained the Verse- allusion of Bible. Thanks.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      He has a gift and he has blessed many over the years, I so love the way he plays with light...well done

      Blessings

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I have admired Thomas Kinkade's paintings for some time. Enjoyed reading your article

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Hello,hello: You are so welcome I was inspired to write about this person behind his paintings.:)

      HP: He was blessed by the Glory of God and Glen Wessels told him to 'Paint The Light'. He knew there was something extraordinary about him since he was a young boy. :)

      Quill: I love it to he has a hand given by God and I have yet to see anyone who has the perfect touch like Thomas Kinkade does. :)

      Coolmon2009: I love them too! I only have a print but one day I will be blessed and own an original, he is such an inspiration to the World I would be honored to have his paintings hanging on our home. :)

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      Tom 7 years ago

      Great article AEvans! I will have to learn more about this artist. What is meant by "chapter-and-verse-allusions"?

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Tom: It is Biblically speaking meaning that Thomas Kinkade creates the beauty of biblical verse through his paintings well it is my perception of the word that I used. Thomas Kinkade is an absolute inspiration and an artist like no other, when I look at his paintings I see Love, Light and God in them, each tells a story that stirs the soul. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What a great tribute. I am familiar with his work but did not know about him as a person until now! Thanks for sharing this one. He certainly is one of the great lights.

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      peacenhim 7 years ago

      A most inspirational Hub!!! Yes, Thomas Kinkade allowed God's light to shine through him, and was and is an inspiration to many. We all can learn a very valuable lesson from his life, and that is to never give up, and to always follow our dreams. What a great tribute, as his testimony touches the hearts of many.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      dohn121: He is a great person and a wonderful , wonderful artist! God knows a home is not complete without a print, or piece of art from Thomas Kinkade. I am working toward my first original, it may take time but I will have one and when I do I will definitely share that story too! :)

      peacenhim: His testimonial certainly does, he is a ray of sunshine and not a single soul should ever give up.:)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      AEvans, Wonderful informative hub! Beautiful Illustrations! Very Inspiring! Thomas Kinkade has incredible paintings which allows the Light to shine through! He is a wonderful artist!

      Thank you for letting God's light shine through you here on The Hubpages! I pray that you receive your goal of getting an artwork of Thomas Kinkade... Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      DeBorrah K.Ogans: Thank you for the prayer and I am glad to that you could feel my heart in the hub.:)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Kinkade's paintings have always held a special meaning for me-I adore his ability to capture a simplicity which also soothes.

      Thanks so much for this lovely tribute!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      lorlie6: I am so glad that you have enjoyed his paintings are very soothing he is certainly one of a kind.:)

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      must65gt 7 years ago

      What a nice hub and very informative. I have always enjoyed his works but never knew the much about him. Thanks for the time you spent on the research as well.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      must65gt: After watching the movie I was compelled to write about him. I love his artwork and have always been inspired, his paintings give me a sense of Peace and through all that we have been going through it is so consoling. I am glad that you found it informative.:)

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you for all this wonderful information & sharing from your heart. His work is often inspiring. The following words caught my attention & made me smile:

      "Sharing with others what God has given me and giving back to many has inspired me to keep going through the tough times, there is certainly light at end of the storm. I do not draw or paint..."

      Thank your for sharing your life here. And I assure you that you most certainly draw & paint with words.

      Much encouragement to you.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Ken R.Abell: Thank you and I am so glad that my words made you smile and now you truly have me thinking you are correct I do draw and paint with words, thank you for the encouraging words. Merry Christmas! :)

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      The hub is nice because of its informative nature.

      The problem is with the artist;

      Thomas Kinkade is the King of Kitsch and that will not change just because his sales (all reproductions for that matter) are going through the roof.

      Turning art into business and painting into post-card saccharine-sweet collection of pastoral scenery Kinkade will never make it past expensive kitsch and will never find its way into a world reputable museum.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Petra: I certainly can see Thomas Kinkade's side he is making it to where others can enjoy his art at all levels of life. I do not believe he is in it for the big bucks but for merely sharing the love of light with others. There are some artists that are completely untouchable and a middle class nor poor person could afford there work, they could only dream about having a piece of there artwork, but Thomas Kinkade has brought his life into millions of home so that even the middle class or poor could afford the beauty. I believe one day he will make into the museums because God has a plan for him art is not just for the elite but for everyone who has a pallet for it. :)

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      My husband and I love his work (mostly the boating ones) and we purchased a painting of his called "Perseverance" as a house warming gift to ourselves when we bought our first home. Luckily, he was in our town shortly thereafter and we were able to meet him and bring the painting with us for a hand signature from him. We purchased a second one on our honeymoon ("Sea of Tranquility") and we treasure both. He is a fantastic artist! Great hub, AE.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Lily Rose: I think he is to and I am looking forward to our first one and I hope to get ours signed to. What a gift and treasure that would be. :)

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      I absolutely love Thomas Kinkade, always have. Thanks for this great hub!

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      keira7 7 years ago

      Beautiful tribute for a wonderful artist. Thanks for this great hub. Have a wonderful Christmas my dear friend.:D

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love Kincade's works - they are so evocative. They always make me feel warm and cozy!

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      cool pic.s, great hub.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Triplet Mom: I do to and I am so glad that you enjoyed the tribute to him.

      keira7: Thank you and may you and yours also have a wonderful Christmas! :)

      habee: Me too! Even on a dreary day what a blessing he is! :)

      nikki1: Thanks bunches and happy holidays! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Very informative hub. I must admit I've heard of him, but never knew that he is our contemporary. His paintings remind me of the old masters. Thanks so much for the research. I'm sure he would appreciate the tribute, if he could only read it. Very well done AE.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      fastfreta: He is a wonderful artist and yes it does remind one of the old masters. He certainly does know how to shine light on life. I wish he would read it, I would certainly be honored. :)

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      Timovone 7 years ago

      Peace, Love, Joy,I can feel it, I love it.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Timovone: Thank you and Merry Christmas! :)

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      these pictures are lovely, as is the hub and the hubber. Hope your husband is well, and 2010 brings nothing but happiness for you are your family

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      poetlorraine: Thank you and he is hanging in there but now mom is battling Cancer to, we have radiation 5 days a week and keep every week for 7 weeks. But I do have faith that God will get us through it. Merry Christmas! :)

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      johnnyco12 7 years ago from Pascagoula, Ms

      Jesus Christ gives us a future beyond the future. All that I am and all that I ever will be God made me that! I am glad to call you friend.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      johnnyco12: I am glad to call you friend to and may you continue to be blessed by all that you do. :)

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Beautiful and inspiring, AEvans :0)

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Tom: Thank you! :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh Aevans I saw his painting in The LOUVRE at France, and it is beautiful,

      Hey I came to drop by to greet you and your family a very

      you are a dear to HP,

      best and always Maita

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      prettydarkhorse: Merry Christmas to you and yours too! How blessed you were to be able to see the paintings in Louvre'!:)

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      drej2522 7 years ago from Augusta, GA

      He is awesome! Have you ever seen the painting centered on a street in New York during the early 1900s?...awesome!

      http://www.piersidegallery.com/artists/kinkade/200...

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      drej2522: I love Thomas Kinkade and he is my favorite artist if all time! I will definitely check out the link because I can honestly say no I have not sen that particular piece of artwork. Merry Christmas! :)

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      He's a wonderful painter!! I own some of his paintings!!!! GREAT HUB!!!! Blessings my friend!! When you get a chance, come visit me!!! luv luv

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      drpastorcarlotta: He certainly is a wonderful painter and I have been visiting but promise I will comment. :)

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      Another well done hub...We actually have 3 of TK winter paintings in our home...thanks again

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      Bieberella 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Amen to the dream, and its gifts!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Bieberella: Thank you and I will one day have that cherished gift. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I've always enjoyed his work, and always appreciate a good history lesson. Thank you for sharing this with us. Well done.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I am a major fan of Thomas Kincade. I have one of his limited edition prints hanging on my apartment wall, cost a few hundred quid sterling, but it's from his new Disney themed Art, with Pinnochio, and Tinkerbell and other characters descending into a phantasmagorical Kincade-esque landscape rich in detail and wonders. I just love it! I kind of have things of my childhood in there, things I totally love and feel safe with. He takes you to a better world, a place we aspire to be, and it's amazing how he seems to sense what it might be like. There's a Kincade Gallery in the Uk, maybe more than one, apparently, and one in Dublin too (saw it a few weeks ago on a trip there).

      Yes, I am a fan. Thanks for this hub!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Duchess: He certainly is wonderful and many of us have a fond appreciationof his talent, I thank you so much for your warm and wonderful compliment.:)

      Cheeky Girl: He is great and I hope that you get a chance to visit the galleries and the print that you have sounds absolutely breathtaking! :)

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful and interesting hub. I have two of Thomas's paintings. I was also so excited to watch Christmas Cottage and was so taken in by his charecterization. What a man... Thanks for the article.. Blessings

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mekenzie: Blessings to you too!!! He is great and I am so glad you agree.:)

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      love ur hub ;D pics are awesome

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      nikki1: Thanks he is definitely a great painter! :)

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      mdawson17 7 years ago

      I loved this hub well said and yes he was a very romantic and had passion for what he painted!!

      mdawson17

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mdawson: He certainly does and he is my favorite and it is hard for anyone to match him.:)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thomas Kinkaide is very popular here in Southern California. He even has a few galleries in the area. He is a very talented painter!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Sweetie Pie: He certainly is and you are so lucky to have a few galleries. We only have two., but that is o.k. when we get to Cali I am certain I will be visiting them too. :)

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      His talent is so spectacular.What a true gift he has and he has learned how to share it with the world.Very informative and one of my favorite hubs,

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dream On: Thank you I am so glad that you enjoy him to, after I watched the Christmas Cottage I couldn't wait to write about him. :)

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      GlstngRosePetals 7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I to love Thomas Kinkade and have a few of his prints in my home thank you so much for writing this and what a wonderful triubute to a brilliant man! I hope that you dream comes true and one day you will own one of the originals.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      My favorite living painter! I am amazed at the beauty of Kinkade's work. Your article is excellent and I agree with you that you are being led to illuminate people in a different way-through your writing.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      GlstngRosePetals: I apologize for overlooking your comment I didn't realize you had one here, he is so brilliant! :)

      James A Watkins: Those are profund words and you are such a blessing, I felt God come through those words. It gave me goosebumps because mom said the same thing. Thank you and God Bless. :)

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      bonetta hartig 7 years ago from outback queensland

      thank you for introducing me to thomas Kinkade..paintings remind me of the christmas cards we used to receive when we were kids...so soft and full of warmth...your writing is like that too...its great.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      bonny2010: He is such a wonderful painter! I am certain that you will enjoy his work. :)

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Thank you for the Hub on Mr. Kinkade. Every time I look at one of his paintings I feel a sense of peace and joy!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Kendall H: I honestly do too! I am so glad that you enjoyed and what a positive response to wake up to. :)

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      A beautiful hub! Thanks for sharing.....

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Michael Shane: Thank you I am glad that you appreciate a wonderful painter! :)

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      Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK

      Cool hub, I absolutely love Kinkade's work, thanks AEvans!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Beautiful paintings, thanks for this inspiring hub.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      I love hubs that show me new information. I haven't come across Kinkade before- thanks for sharing a great hub!

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dave Harris: I do too! I am glad you enjoyed it.

      Gypsy Willow: You are welcome.

      Docmo: You are welcome and Kinkade is a wonderful artist. He is my favorite and he so blessed.

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      SPELLER 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your article. I just saw the program for the first time. I also enjoy his gift.

      By the way, the word "their" was mistakenly spelled "there". As a writer I thought you would like to know.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Speller: The movie was wonderful and thank you so much for pointing out the spelling error. I sincerely appreciate it that. :) As of right now, it has been corrected. :)

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I always love to see what artists a writer attributes as favorites in the other mediums, you did real justice to the man that was the great Thomas Kinkade. If you are a fan you will know this, but for readers who are not so savvy an art question for you.

      Kinkade almost never did portraits of any kind. But what not one but two famous people do you find hidden in his painting of the Indianapolis 500?

      Well of course, Dale Earnhardt and the man you mentioned Norman Rockwell, both are discreetly hidden in the crowds...just some trivia for your mental hemispheres.

      Great hubs AE. Figure you were do some Hub Love back my literary friend. Keep on Hubbing Blake4d

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      blake4d: Thomas Kinkade is my favorite painter and with respect to him I also did not use his Copyrighted title like many have throughout the Internet. I also e-mailed and asked permission to use the pics in this hub to write about him. When he gave permission, I was elated! Thank you for also appreciating his work.

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Wow Kudos AE. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      blake4d: It was so amazing! I was honored that he approved! :)

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      Missy 4 years ago

      Did the movie also mention his DUI's and sexual harassment problems? Probably not. haha

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Missy: Thank you for commenting. I am glad you were able to express your opinion so eloquently.

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      DoctorAbby 4 years ago

      Since Thomas Kinkade died today, I have been searching the hubs. Awordlover linked her hub to yours and that's how I found you. Great hub, such a shame about this man's passing. Voted up.

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      DoctorAbby: OMG! I just woke up to read this. He is my favorite and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. He commented on this hub moons ago. My heart is broken! A wonderful artist thank you so much for sharing this information.

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      DoctorAbby 4 years ago

      It is very sad. He was in the prime of his life. I didn't see a comment with his name (or a variation thereof) on this hub. How nice to be recognized by him. :)

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Doctor Abby: He is 'Tom' in my comment. I was so honored to have him comment to me! I have several paintings and multiple goodies that he has created. My heart is broken and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and family. There is nobody who will ever be another Thomas Kinkade.

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      madeline 4 years ago

      Kinkade an artist? Gimme a break! His work defines kitsch.

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      madeline: What talent do you have? His work is beautiful. Everyone has there own taste when it comes to art. I choose Thomas Kinkade and Monet. I am sure you would say, Monet is kitsch too. By your words it appears you may be more modern which is fine, but modern to me is kitsch too. :)

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      Brian Slater 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Kinkades work is well known in the UK, his paintings are inspirational. But the best part is how you have painted a beautiful picture with your words. voted up :)

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Brian Slater: Thank you. Thomas Kinkade will forever be one of my favorite next to Monet. :)

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      Tahoe Teddy 4 years ago

      Wasn't the painter who taught Tom named Glen Wesman? You have it as Glen Wessels, but the movie has his as Glen Wesman. http://askville.amazon.com/Glen-Wesman-famous/Answ...

      http://www.google.com/search?q=glen+wesman+the+las...

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      He was Glen Wessels based on countless hour of research; but I will certainly go back and check out the information again. I surely wish to give the proper person credit. :)

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      Tahoe Teddy 4 years ago

      Google comes up with pretty much the same sites using Glen Wesman as it does for Glen Wessels. You might want to contact the Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Placerville CA to find out for sure. I'm not sure if his mother still lives there or not.

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      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Tahoe Teddy: Thank you! I will definitely do that this week. I need to make sure credit is given where credit is due. :)

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      Turbo 4 years ago

      Does anyone know what street he grew up on? I have tried to find it as my mother grew up in Placerville and would llike to know

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