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Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon

Carmel has been a favorite family retreat for many years, so naturally I was excited to finally put on canvas some of my personal feelings about the area. I chose the corner that affords a broad panorama of several of the characteristics that make Carmel picturesque: Monterey pine trees, flowering hedges, and charming architecture.

Interestingly enough, as I was at work on my new Carmel painting –¬†Carmel, Delores Street and the Tuck Box Tea Room¬† – I received word that this particular Carmel painting of Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon, had completely sold out. On further discussions with my publisher, I was gratified to learn that this painting, my first Carmel painting, had been popular everywhere and not just in the region of Carmel. This proves my long held belief that beauty is universal, no matter what the specific location is.

  • Thomas Kinkade painted Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon ironically on a rainy day – which the city doesn’t get many rainy days – on the corner of Lincoln Street looking east along Carmel’s main street of Ocean Avenue.
  • Nanette Kinkade is featured riding on her bicycle with a basket of French bread; while their eldest daughter Merritt has her name on a sign on the left-hand side of the painting.
  • Carmel is known for its infamous former mayor Clint Eastwood, and of course as a colony for artist and art galleries.
  • The couple who originally commissioned Thom to paint Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon are featured in the lower left-hand side of the painting with their family, near the historical hotel called the Pine Inn.
Title Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon
Published 1989
Subject Location Carmel, California

Image Size

18" x 27"

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