over50feeling40: Drawn to the Light
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Apr 12, 2012

Drawn to the Light

Fashion, music, art….they all speak in different ways to different types of people.  My husband recently asked me how I decide if I like a painting.  “My favorite paintings are the ones I want to walk into and stay there for a while,” I answered.

When I was a child, I loved to look at houses through the muted hues of dawn and dusk.  I am still that way.  There is something mesmerizing to me about houses with lights in the windows or on the porch. 
 Maybe because my own childhood was not that great, I would imagine happy families inside around a meal table laughing!  This is why I loved Thomas Kinkade.  Oh, I realize there are some art critics who called Kinkade an affront to the art world. He made the deadly mistake of over-saturation.  I also realize that beginning in 2010,  Kinkade was experiencing great personal problems up until his death last Saturday at the young age of 54.  Nevertheless, his art work touched my heart in many different ways.  He is not the only painter I enjoy, but definitely one of my favorites.  His death so young saddens me. But, the two paintings I own will forever be cherished…because of my fascination with houses and lights!

 My mission as an artist is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light. I work to create images that project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.  That’s what I mean by sharing the light  . - Thomas Kinkade

So, tell me, what attracts you to certain artworks or artists?  After you tell me, go visit the bloggers of  Katie's Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.
Thomas Kinkade, 1958-2012

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Travelers Cami: Chicos
Skirt: Lane Bryant
Ballet Flats: Target
Necklace: Serendipity Clothing SA
Ring: Stein Mart


  1. I am also drawn to light of any sort.
    I love the second photo from the top, ahhhhhhhhhhh. It makes me feel warm inside.
    You are wearing a skirt made rounds the whole post to me, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh. GORGEOUS!!!

  2. Good morning, beautiful one.

    Yes, Kincaid is one of my favorites, and 54 is MY AGE! But when God says it's your time.....you must go. But what Kincaid left is a legacy and the art critics will never seem to get it....to let an artist just BE AN ARTIST......

    Have a beautiful day. Anita

  3. Well, I have to admit I loathe Kinkade but we can't all like the same things. That would be fearfully dull.

    I like everything from Paolo Uccello to Bridget Riley. I don't analyse why and I can't think of a common thread between any of the artists whose work I like. So that's no help, I'm afraid.

    On a more encouraging note? I love your necklace.

  4. I tend to like James Lee (a lot like Kinkaide but not as well known) I like peaceful things to surround me but appreciate all types of art.
    I don't know what it is about today's photo of you, but you look really thin in it. I don't know whether there is a difference in your hair or if it is the colors or what...or did you actually lose weight? anyway, you look great

  5. Oh Marihaf, you are my new best friend! I have actually gained some weight and been pretty bummed about it! Every time I wear this cardigan by Ann Taylor Loft people ask me if I have lost weight...the fit is incredible! There is magic in garments with great fit! Thank you for your kind words!!

  6. I love your skirt ,so versatile and you paired it nicely with the necklace against black.Really good styling.

  7. Love the outfit!!
    I was shocked to here he had dies--i loved his work. I especially liked one he did of a lighthouse at dawn on a bluff-amazing!

  8. I am not a great fan of Kincaid but I do love his portrayals of light in late evening or especially in the rain. The first painting that I fell in love with is one of the blue horse paintings by Franz Marc. I must have been six or eight and already thoroughly horse crazy.
    I made a tracing from a print and colored it with my crayons.

  9. Wow! Skirt, necklace - love, love!!

    As for Thomas Kincaid, I received a book authored by him from a friend, and it was as cozy as his paintings. I completely understand his appeal - his inviting, warm interiors glowing from windows in houses or churches nestled in the woods. I am saddened to hear that he passed away at such a young age! I didn't know.

  10. You look lovely Pam!
    I, too, have a few paintings by Kincaid. They were gifts from hubby...I liked his art for the same reasons you mentioned. I could always picture myself in his paintings.

    Happy weekend!

  11. I was sad when I heard of his passing. I only have one piece of his work. But it is lovely. Lie you I am drawn to the window aglow with life inside.thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I'm behind in saying thank you. My recent post will explain my delay.Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo P.S. loving that ring!


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