Reflections of Family - TKREFLFAM
NOTES: Reflections of Family. Reflections of Family, the second painting in the collection, is the next destination on this prayerful journey. Like this piece, when we venture deeper into our relationship with God, we find that we often leave behind the many comforts of the tamed landscape. The cobblestone walkway ends, yielding a steeper and more narrow path, and the quiet peace is replaced with the sounds of rushing water, splashing the rocks. What does remain the same is an inspiring place of prayer. Here in this beautiful setting we can picture the native-stone bench quietly edging out from the tall grass, whispering an invitation to a more solitary place.
This painting is filled with many natural symbols of family - such as the deer, eagles, bunnies and other beautiful wildlife. It is meant to provide a stunning point of prayer in your home - a place to reflect on your most cherished blessings - your children, parents, and dearest loved ones.
*The powerful themes of both reflections and family begin to emerge in the subtle details of the many animals within the painting.
* A small family of deer can be seen grazing upon the plateau and drinking from the stream. As Psalm 42:1 so perfectly states, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after you."
*The pair of eagles flying overhead calls to the mind the words of Isaiah 40:3 -"“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles."
*There are three ducks within the work. A male and female are swimming among the cattails and the third nearly blending completely into the background.
* Hidden throughout the painting is a family of bunnies, four to be exact. Can you find them all?
* The thunderous waterfall seen in the distance is the setting of the third painting in the Places of Reflection series and the final destination of this spiritual journey. It reminds us that with deeper commitments come greater revelations. .
Reflections of Family by Thomas Kinkade
image Copyright © 2023 by Thomas Kinkade
In the very begiThomas Kinkade Photonning of his artistic career, Thomas Kinkade put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Though at the time he was already an acclaimed illustrator, Thom found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. It was this dedication and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the Light™ that made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the small country town of Placerville, California the most-collected living artist of his time. Throughout his life Thomas Kinkade shared his joy and used his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief. Though the recipient of countless awards and honors, it was Thom’s profound sense of purpose that his art was not just an accessory, but also a ministry, that continues on as his legacy. From custom images that were sold for The Salvation Army, Hurricane Katrina relief, Rotary International, to donations that now grace the halls of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the White House, The Vatican, and Britain’s Tate Museum, Thom raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over his lifetime for charity. 1996 - Decorating the Christmas tree with Nanette and their four daughters. 1996 – Decorating the Christmas tree with Nanette and their four daughters. Thomas Kinkade the artist was also a devout and loving family man. It was this devotion for his family that inspired him to add symbols of his love to his artwork. Numerous paintings contain hidden “N’s” representing Thom’s lovely wife Nanette and many other paintings include the numbers 5282 as tribute to their wedding date May 2, 1982. Thom’s four daughters were also included in his artistic process- after the birth of each of his daughters, Thom painted adoring images in each of their namesake; Evening at Merritt’s Cottage, Chandler’s Cottage, Winsor Manor and Everett’s Cottage. Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light™, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art – and the branded products created from that art. From textiles, to collectibles, to music and books, Thom gave credit to a higher power for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist, who was Christian, was to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he had created. Thom’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others – a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for beauty in the world around us. As millions of collectors around the world sit back and enjoy his artwork in their homes, there is no doubt that Thomas Kinkade had indeed achieved his goal of Sharing the Light™.