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Patrick Kinkade Highlighting Process

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After our interview with Patrick Kinkade, he took some time to highlight one of his brother Thomas’ paintings from the Disney Dreams Collection. He talks a little about the process of highlighting and the partnership with Disney. We have also pointed out a few details you might not be able to see in the video. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The foreground of the painting really tells the beginning of the story. The setting is London, and Wendy, John, and Michael Darling are flying off with Peter Pan to begin their adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story continues in the top left corner of the painting. You can see the enchanted island of Never Land and the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s crew, take shape in the clouds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top right corner picks up with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee who cause problems for the Darling family and Peter Pan and his gang. You can also see the crocodile, always eager to get his teeth on Captain Hook’s other hand.

 

 

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The Start of Thomas Kinkade

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Thomas Kinkade was born on January 19, 1958 in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in Placerville, California. At the age of five, Kinkade’s parents divorced, and he recalls being one of the only single-parent families in his small town.  He grew up living modestly, incapable of affording some of the simple pleasures that other families in town were accustomed to.

Kinkade began drawing at the tender age of four, and his talent for the arts was noticed early on. His mother always had copies of The Saturday Evening Post lying around, and he credits Norman Rockwell as one of his primary inspirations. At 16, he took on an apprenticeship under the instruction of artist Glen Wessels where he worked exclusively with oil paintings. Kinkade attended the University of California at Berkeley and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to further his study of art.

After graduation, Kinkade and James Gurney, a friend and fellow artist from college, embarked on a cross-country boxcar trip from California to New York. Along the way, the two artists created several sketches of expanses of the American landscape they witnessed on their journey. Once they arrived in New York, Kinkade and Gurney took their sketches to Norman Rockwell’s publisher Wapton Guptill, who hired them on the spot to create a book for artists about sketching.  Two years later in 1982, Guptill published “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching.”

The success of the book secured both Thomas Kinkade and James Gurney a job with Ralph Bakshi Studios producing background art for “Fire and Ice”, an animated feature film. Kinkade credits this work experience with having an invaluable effect on the way he incorporates light into his paintings.

Who influenced you when you were young?

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Art by Thomas Kinkade

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Win an autographed Paint Palette from Patrick Kinkade!

We spent some time with Patrick Kinkade when he came to Austin in August. He was nice enough to give us an interview, and he also highlighted one of his brother Thomas Kinkade’s paintings.  He gave us his palette when he was finished, so now we want to give it to one of you! This is the actual paint palette used by Patrick when he highlighted, and has the custom Kinkade paint colors and actual used brushes. This contest will run until 5:00pm on Halloween and there are three ways to enter.

1. Enter on our blog: Over the next three weeks, we will have blog posts about Thomas Kinkade and his artwork. Submit a valid comment on any of those posts to be entered to win.

2. Enter on Pinterest: Take a picture of Kinkade artwork hanging in your house, find your favorite painting online, or share a Kinkade product you covet. As long as it features Thomas Kinkade’s artwork, you can pin it with #KinkadeContest in the description to be entered to win. You have to follow us first, but every pin is a separate entry, so seek out that artwork!

3. Enter on our site: You can also be entered to win if you post a review on any of our Kinkade calendars or products between October 10 and October 31. Only valid reviews count, so don’t review a product if you’ve never seen it, and don’t review the same product more than once.

 

You can enter all three ways and as many times as you like. At 5:00pm October 31, we will choose a random winner from all eligible entries. Good luck and get going!

See full contest rules.

 

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Patrick Kinkade Interview

Patrick took some time to sit down and talk with us about his brother Thomas and how his art lives on.

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In Memory of Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade died suddenly late Friday night at his home in California at age 54. Family spokesman David Satterfield said the death was unexpected, but appeared to be of natural causes.

The Painter of Light was a devout Christian and wanted to make people happy with his work. His paintings of churches, lighthouses, cottages, and gardens can be found in an estimated 1 of every 20 homes in America.

Kinkade’s paintings have been reproduced on everything from posters, cards, and calendars to plates and carousels. He truly brought light to others with his works and will be missed.

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