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Stanley Creek

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.
Title Stanley Creek
Published January 2008
Subject Location Stanley Creek in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
Classification Impressionistic

Image Sizes

9" x 12"
16" x 20"

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