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Danish flags fly proudly on the streets of Solvang – some five thousand miles west of Copenhagen. When the Kinkade family visited the Danish Capital of America right here in Santa Barbara County, California, we found ourselves transported in spirit to the enchanting land of Denmark.

We strolled the lush, blooming streets of Solvang, past thatched-roofed inns and quaint half-timbered houses, and savored the rich perfume of Danish pastry shops, sampled old-world cuisine, and admired the little wooden trolls and other Danish crafts in the gift shops. I was enthralled by what I saw and, as so often happens, was moved to set up my easel and paint the town. It was a lovely, sunny day and the shadows dappled the tree-lined streets as I worked.

The old-world flavor of the town struck me as deeply romantic, so I made my Solvang painting into a tribute to my lovely wife Nanette. If you look closely, you’ll discover a sign bearing my wife’s name, as well as the number of hidden N’s scattered among the houses.

My family has enjoyed the chance to travel together in Europe on occasion; what a pleasure it has been to discover this bit of the old country right here in my beloved California. I invite you to enjoy Solvang with us.

  • In a tribute to his lovely wife Nanette, Thomas Kinkade has hidden both her name and fifteen N’s in his painting of Solvang.
  • Solvang depicts the quaint village in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, named for the Danish word “Sunny Valley.”
  • Established in 1910 by Danish-Americans and immigrant Danes, the town of Solvang is well-known for its Danish architecture, cobblestone streets, windmills, Danish pastries and old-world cuisine.
  • Thom has included the famed Peterson Village Inn in the painting of Solvang, known for its gracious old-world charm and European elegance.
  • Solvang is a Plein Air painting from the Landmark Series – part of Thom’s Impressionism Collection.
Title Solvang
Published October 2004
Subject Location Solvang, California
Collection Landmark Series

Image Sizes

16" x 20"
24" x 30"

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