Vallejo's Thomas Kinkade community on...

Vallejo's Thomas Kinkade community one of a kind

There are 19 comments on the SFGate story from Apr 14, 2012, titled Vallejo's Thomas Kinkade community one of a kind. In it, SFGate reports that:

Ten years ago, when artist Thomas Kinkade was at the peak of his popularity, a subdivision named after and inspired by the self-proclaimed Painter of Light opened in Vallejo.

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gimme gimme gimme

Fremont, CA

#1 Apr 14, 2012
crap from the beginning and still crap ! oh and let's not forget the suckers that bought the crap.

Since: May 12

Mansfield, OH

#2 May 15, 2012
I have to say, my perspective is very different, since I live in Pa. And rely on media, and watching and listening to him on QVC. Can somebody fill me in? I can't understand the total disparity between him as a loving, talented, Christian man, and also a human being, a family man. Yes also a human being with faults and flaws, and yes, addiction problems. From what I have learned addiction is a very complex disease,yes alcoholism is a disease. I honestly don't believe he was a mean person, but I also wonder could we as a community, family, friends, could we not have done more? We're there red flags that we ignored, or looked the other way, and yes may have even judged? This is only my perception from where I stand,and I am sure I don't have all of the information.
GEE

La Honda, CA

#3 May 15, 2012
I believe Thomas Kinkade spoke to us and expressed himself through his paintings. Many will say what he produced is not Art; however I beg to differ with that opinion.

How we perceive a painting at a glance and how we feel when viewing it fully and in detail is up to every individual.

In the beginning and not knowing anything about this man, I thought what a fantastic artist he was.
His scenes gave me a warm feeling of comfort and serenity as remembered through the eyes of my childhood.... at home surrounded by people that loved each other in a peaceful setting.

He was obviously a tormented man (we know this now) and could only bear his problems by expressing on canvas what he could not achieve in life for himself. I am certain that he had all the help money could buy, but something was missing..... He expressed his longing to achieve this perfect vision of life through his paintings.
.....and for that I am grateful.
SaladDodginSam

Walnut Creek, CA

#4 May 15, 2012
I always thought his work was awe inspiring. The kind of things you could not help but stare at. Always made me wish I was where this picture was.
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#5 May 15, 2012
Cheap schlock is hardly "awe inspiring", take a hike through some of our California redwoods and one MIGHT get closer to the definition; won't cost a hundred dollars either.
Anonymous

United States

#6 May 15, 2012
His paintings are almost worthless. No talent other than to market his religious based schlock to an ignorant public with no eye nor taste.
GEE

La Honda, CA

#7 May 15, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
His paintings are almost worthless. No talent other than to market his religious based schlock to an ignorant public with no eye nor taste.
Aren't you the Connoisseur of Fine Art, Mr. Schlockmeister.
Slumming the blogs?
SaladDodginSam

Walnut Creek, CA

#8 May 16, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
His paintings are almost worthless. No talent other than to market his religious based schlock to an ignorant public with no eye nor taste.
Religious? Are we talking about the same guy? I saw pics of the ocean and nature. We are either talking about 2 different people or you are delusional.
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Fremont, CA

#9 May 16, 2012
doll houses for " grownups " how special
GEE

La Honda, CA

#10 May 16, 2012
I have one simple question:
Why do some of you find a pressing need to make derogatory comments towards others who are voicing an opinion involving a rather benign topic?

You are obviously not getting your fill of spew from the other dominant and pressing issues of sewer diving and mud wrestling presented in this forum.

May I suggest you extend both arms towards the keyboard and give a firm push that will propel you away from it, stand up and walk around a bit. Your brain will thank you for the circulation provided from moving around…

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Personally, I do not have a single "piece of art" from Mr. Kinkade. However I find his technique remarkable and as is obvious by the following he had before his death and continues to have, many others enjoy his work. Whatever rocks ones boat, the experience is diverse and will differ from one person to the other.
Feel that the "Art" is not to your liking? Stick to collecting whatever you find collectable and no one will comment about your choices, because you obviously have not “Made” it yet to be talked about.

We now know, Mr. Kinkade must have been a tortured human being, something that was well hidden because of the spin of perfection that has to surround every famous and not so famous individual. In the end, he did put on his pants one leg at a time, just like any of us does.

That is the bottom line, not if his work was Art, not that he was a philanderer, not that he was an abuser of drugs..... In the end he was a human being and he deserves to rest in peace.

Now do not forget to "Judge It", because that shows your originality and clear thinking!
Filthy City

Vallejo, CA

#11 May 16, 2012
You know, I just don't understand why the article keeps mentioning prices surging after his death at 54. He sounds to me like another Van Gogh who died poor and hungry after which his paintings commanded prices that only the wealthy connoseurs can afford.

So now a Kinkadean home is going to be priceless like a Victorian, best time to start shopping before the market goes up, the signs are there.
GEE

La Honda, CA

#12 May 16, 2012
Filthy City wrote:
You know, I just don't understand why the article keeps mentioning prices surging after his death at 54. He sounds to me like another Van Gogh who died poor and hungry after which his paintings commanded prices that only the wealthy connoseurs can afford.
So now a Kinkadean home is going to be priceless like a Victorian, best time to start shopping before the market goes up, the signs are there.
Truly, I do not know either.
I initially viewed a model out of curiosity, nothing really that special in my opinion, but the draw was the name and the assumption that it indeed must be a special place(for the eventual purchasers, yes)..and it probably included a pretty penny to Mr. Kinkade for lending his name to the development.
Filthy City

Vallejo, CA

#13 May 16, 2012
Law of publicity sometimes trump supply and demand, this initial article could arouse interest being that there's only one site in existence makes it a rare commodity. If his paintings are featured in a gallery for the rich and famous who knows, even George L may look into it.

Since: May 12

Mount Vernon, OH

#14 May 19, 2012
Did you know the man personally? How about what his spiritual beliefs were? As far as his. Unfortunate demise,he clearly had an addiction problem! I would hope through this tragedy, that more education,and intervention will be done in the future. It is truly amazing how many people are judging him, where were all of these people then?
A Thought

Vacaville, CA

#15 May 19, 2012
Karen Ettien wrote:
Did you know the man personally? How about what his spiritual beliefs were? As far as his. Unfortunate demise,he clearly had an addiction problem! I would hope through this tragedy, that more education,and intervention will be done in the future. It is truly amazing how many people are judging him, where were all of these people then?
Unfortunately they were judging him then too. His art was sold on TV and in Malls; certainly not any upscale Galleries. His was art for the average man. This is unfortunate in that his effort may never get remembered amoung the greats. Will be interesting to see what his paintings are valued on the antique road show in 20 years...
Filthy City

Vallejo, CA

#16 May 19, 2012
According to the following article, Kinkade is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kinkade

And as far as the Kinkade themed community, here's a nutshell review:
In 2001, Media Arts unveiled "The Village at Hiddenbrooke," a Thomas Kinkade-themed community of homes, built outside of Vallejo, California in partnership with the international construction firm Taylor Woodrow. Salon's Janelle Brown visited the community and found it to be "the exact opposite of the Kinkadeian ideal. Instead of quaint cottages, there's generic tract housing; instead of lush landscapes, concrete patios; instead of a cozy village, there's a bland collection of homes with nothing—not a church, not a cafe, not even a town square—to draw them together."
So where's the Kinkade... err, the beef?
Moral Man

West Islip, NY

#18 Sunday Nov 25
William Thomas Kinkade is talented as a painter and as artist. Morally he was flawed like everybody else. I call myself Moral Man but I'm not morally perfect and I don't pretend I am. What I don't understand is the hatred directed to his paintings and hatred toward the man himself. I don't see what is so bad about pictures of cottages, houses, churches, landscapes, and Christmas decorations. I think its rather pretty and wouldn't mind living in such places. I can do without the cold and without the snow, however. I personally don't have any artistic skill nor talent whatsoever. I couldn't paint well and I couldn't draw. If someone has artistic talent and skill as Thomas Kinkade obviiously does, then why knock it? His paintings are wonderful.
neideruthersitch

Windsor, CA

#19 Monday Nov 26
waddabut the moralls of them what is crappings in front my ma's hse and wipe with the ads? she likes them ads as them ads got coupons wich she want if she got any money left. one crappper took he hose from wher was the lawn before. no more ssdi fore you.
susskindser

Santa Rosa, CA

#20 Monday Nov 26
neideruthersitch wrote:
waddabut the moralls of them what is crappings in front my ma's hse and wipe with the ads? she likes them ads as them ads got coupons wich she want if she got any money left. one crappper took he hose from wher was the lawn before. no more ssdi fore you.
SELL OUT AND MOVE YOUR ma TO A PHONE BOOTH IN TARZANNA.

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