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The Good Life

I believe that each of us carries an image of “the good life” in a private place very near to our hearts. Because I am a painter, I visualize The Good Life in terms of a scene that embodies the virtues and values that are most precious to me.

In The Good Life, third and final piece in my Beginning of a Perfect Evening Collection, I have in effect set up my easel in that imagined space where God’s bounty is manifest. It is an autumn evening: that season and time when God seems to live in the radiant sky and charge His world with special grandeur.

I identify with the fisherman, perhaps because Christ described His followers as fishers of men, and certainly because the fisherman lives in a profound harmony with nature and receives its gifts with humble gratitude. Mountain streams such as this are abundant with fat brook trout; the smoke of a cook fire rises in the still mountain air.

Towering peaks embrace the valley and light spills from the log cabin which seems ablaze with life. I imagine that my wife and daughters are safely tucked away within that cottage, enjoying the pleasures of a comfortable domesticity, as they await my triumphant return with the evening catch. Alone with my family, safe, peacefully savoring the glories of God’s creation – that is my image of The Good Life. I invite you to enjoy it with me.

  • In loving tribute to his wife Nanette, Thomas Kinkade has hidden seventeen N’s in The Good Life.
  • The Good Life is the third and final painting in Thomas Kinkade’s Beginning of a Perfect Evening Collection, a series which reminds us of the tranquil serenity of God’s creation.
  • The wonderful autumn colors in The Good Life are reminiscent of the warm hues in both A Perfect Retreat and Evening Majesty – the other two images in the Beginning of a Perfect Evening Collection.
  • A cozy cabin sits nestled beside a tranquil stream with the radiant sky and majestic mountains serving as a glorious backdrop. In this image, Thom imagines that his wife and four daughters are in the warm cabin awaiting his return with his fisherman’s catch for the evening meal.
  • The fisherman in The Good Life symbolizes man’s profound harmony with nature.
Title The Good Life
Published April 2004
Subject Location Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming
Collection Beginning of a Perfect Evening III

Image Sizes

20" x 24"
24" x 30"
32" x 40"

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