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Seaside Village

You have to see it to appreciate it, as the saying goes. That’s just what I did when I set to work on Seaside Village. I hauled a massive easel, oversized canvas, brushes, and oils outdoors to the charming northern California seaside village of Pacific Grove, where I worked on my largest ever Plein Air painting.

The sun glistened on the waves as I painted and gulls were flying overheard. I came to feel that I was in wonderful harmony with the sea and sun and sand. I did all I could on location, and then took the canvas back to my studio to add imaginative touches. Seaside Village became a studio impression – set alive by joyous and vigorous brushwork.

My work on the painting gave me a renewed appreciation for the lovely simplicity of life lived in harmony with the rhythms of the sea. Imagine living, talking, and working in a place where the ebb-and-flow of waves and tides beats like a metronome in the background – setting a slow, steady pace. I can still taste the salt air and hear the seagulls’ cries. That’s why I’ll be visiting more seaside villages as we savor the simple pleasures of this natural way of life.

  • Seaside Village is the study for the first piece in Thomas Kinkade’s Village by the Sea Collection that will be released soon.
  • Thom set up his canvas and paints outdoors one late afternoon in order to capture the beauty of Seaside Village in his largest Plein Air to date – which was later brought back to his studio to apply the final touches.
  • The bold brushstrokes of Seaside Village are very similar to those in many of Thom’s Plein Air works – but because he later added touches to the canvas, Thom also says that this painting can be considered a Studio Impression work.
  • Seaside Village is set in the beautiful city of Pacific Grove, California, located on Ocean View Boulevard.┬áJust over the hills in the distance is the small town of Seaside.
  • The road in Seaside Village is a famous pedestrian walkway that meanders for miles and covers most of Monterey and Pacific Grove.
Title Seaside Village
Published February 2000
Subject Location Pacific Grove, California
Collection "Village by the Sea I" Study

Image Sizes

18" x 24"
24" x 30"

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