Thomas Kinkade is one of my favorite artists. I guess, from now on I’ll have to say – he was. I just read the news that he died suddenly yesterday of natural causes in his home in California. I am a fan. I even sent him a copy of my book a couple of years ago because he has been an inspiration in my life. I’ve read his books. I’ve watched the movie about his beginning in the painting field. I’ve learned so much about him as I listened to him on multiple occasions on TV. He was a very down-to-earth man who loved his family dearly and even painted their initials and symbols into his works in honor of them. He shared his work, his faith, his family, and his mission. But mostly he shared his talent – all over the world.
Yes, his paintings are very collectible, but that’s not why I like him. His ability to create positive, light-filled pictures that draw you in, along with his strong faith, were the real reasons I love his works. He was inspired by the quiet, simple life, and strived to give us a captured moment depicting those elements in his works. He was known as the “Painter of Light” and that’s a perfect description of his paintings. I recently wrote a post about one of his works titled Walk of Faith. I should have purchased that painting when I had the chance. Perhaps, while it will surely cost more now, I still will some day.
In the meantime, may I simply say farewell and share a few more photos of his works. Be blessed Thomas, as you go home to paint for God.
There’s something magical about seeing the sunshine bouncing off the crystal snow-covered world. The combination of ice and hot existing at the same time is a mesmerizing dichotomy. We’ve had such a mild winter this year with nothing but a dusting on a couple of occasions. And while enjoying spring like days is physically enjoyable, the absence of the snow has left some of us missing the ethereal beauty that happens each year when white covers the world with a sense of cleansing.
So today we don’t have a deep covering but when I look out my window and see the blanket of white that is only disturbed by a random footprint of a deer I feel a sense of relief. This is why I know I will always live in a place that experiences all four seasons. The ebb and flow of change is good for my heart and soul.
Enjoy these pictures of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and be blessed!
Today I awoke feeling graced and blessed to acknowledge the beauty that is in nature. Our earthly world is created with the most incredible palette. I’m sharing a few pictures from the internet that showcase some of what we are blessed to see throughout the year from many places.