I love Thomas Kincaid paintings. I own a small one – of a cabin on a lake. The only reason I own it – is because I worked at a Christian bookstore, years ago and got a hefty discount on it. They are expensive – and worth every penny. Thomas Kincaid is known as the “painter of lights” and so all of his works have lights in them – and because he is a happily married man – he has initials of his wife hidden throughout all of his paintings. Look for them sometime – it’s really fun!
Last year I bought the DVD of “A Christmas Cottage” – the story of a much younger Thomas Kincaid, struggling to help his mother through bad financial reversal, and of his next door elderly neighbor – a famous painter who mentored and helped to shape ideas of why to paint to the younger Thomas. It is a story that has heart. It is about love for family and friends – a passed on legacy and memories that don’t have a price tag.
I think that the behind the scenes interviews with the real Thomas Kincaid, were the most inspirational – as he shared his heart and vision for this film. It was interesting to note, that while his paintings are bright and cheery – every room in every house illuminated with bright lights – his own childhood was very dark, the house always dark when he would come home from school. It was his way of making up for the darkness of his youth – and as his mentor taught him – “always paint the light” – he did just that.
If you haven’t seen this movie – I highly recommend it!
Below is the story behind the movie from Thomas Kincaid himself.
Enjoy and God Bless!