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The pleasure of a dramatic Plein Air study – like the pleasure of the majestic natural vista that inspires it – is timeless.
Some years ago, when I first started hauling my painting apparatus deep into the woods, I came upon Stanley Creek bubbling through the foothills of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. I was entranced by the sere brown of the autumn grasses and the crisp clarity of the water dancing down the mountainside as I set to work with bold strokes to capture the entrancing scene.
For many years after, this painting held an honored place in the Kinkade family home. Years later, I finally decided to offer Stanley Creek as my first painting to celebrate the beauty of the Sawtooth region.
Looking back – when I came upon the setting of my painting Stanley Creek so many years ago – I suffered a momentary pang of regret that I had not brought my fishing gear instead of my paint and canvas. But now I see that instead of trout, I caught a memory of God’s glory reflected in the icy waters of Stanley Creek.
- Stanley Creek is painted in the Plein Air – or “open air” – style of painting, which is a favorite method of Thomas Kinkade’s when he is traveling around the world.
- The original of Stanley Creek hung in the Kinkade family home for many years.
- The location depicted in Stanley Creek can be found in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. The Sawtooth Mountains have been a treasured nature escape for centuries, and many come from far away for the diverse forms of recreation and gorgeous scenery.
- Thom painted this beautiful image of Stanley Creek in the fall. The crisp air and icy stream just begged to be captured as a single moment of God’s glory.
|Subject Location||Stanley Creek in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho|
16" x 20"
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