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Stillwater Cottage

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… He leadeth me beside the still waters.”

~ Psalm 23: 1-2

Still waters run deep; the waters of this crystal pool offer a balm to the soul. Here, in this tranquil glade, God’s perfect peace reigns. I have frequently tried to capture on canvas such refuges. Stillwater Cottage, which introduced my new Peaceful Cottages Collection, is in a sense, the companion painting to one I did years ago entitled Beside Still Waters. This cottage sits comfortable in its hushed setting, where no breeze rustles the leaves of the trees and the only motion is provided by the gracefully gliding geese.

I wanted Stillwater Cottage to come alive for you as a place of refuge. The light pouring from the windows suggests that a family dwells at peace within. Carefully observed details – the weathered brass bell over the door, the stone bench and ancient rock retaining wall – give this cottage character.

The rich colors of sunset bathe the glade and the distant trees in glorious light. In this place, God is surely present; we feel the comfort and protection we can only know when we are in His hands.

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden five N’s in Stillwater Cottage, as part of his ongoing tribute to his lovely wife Nanette.
  • Stillwater Cottage is the first release in Thom’s new series, Peaceful Cottages I. It is the first cottage to be released in the last twelve months.
  • Thom hopes that Stillwater Cottage will be a place of refuge in a busy, hectic world, and remind us to take time for stillness in our lives.
  • Stillwater Cottage is meant to b e a companion painting to the image Beside Still Waters, painted in 1993. In these two images, Thom conveys the wonders of God’s creation when nature is perfect and serene.
Title Stillwater Cottage
Published May 2005
Collection Peaceful Cottages I

Image Sizes

12" x 16"
18" x 24"
25½" x 34"

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