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The Open Gate

For me, gates are about the unexpected.About curiosity and exploration, about the child-like heart in all of us that takes flight as we anticipate a new journey. And of all gates, The Open Gate is the most inviting.

As I began mapping out my new Summer Gate Series, I spent time pondering the qualities of an open gate. It began to dawn on me that as a counterpart to the monumental expansiveness of my Summer Gate painting, a smaller and more intimage gate might also beckon the imagination to the lush depths beyond.

The Open Gate, overgrown with flowers, is based upon a real location in the English Cotswolds. I’ve kept the sketch for years, waiting for the perfect occasion to use it. I’ve found it now – this snassuming portal, perhaps a half-forgotten side enterance to the gardens, is left open as an invitation to all. Will the child-like heart inside of you insprie you to journey forward?

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden three N’s in The Open Gate as a loving tribute to his wife Nanette.
  • It was years ago on a trip through the English Cotswolds that Thom first sketched out this beautiful gate, it is only now that the scene has finally come to life!
  • The Open Gate is a rare release as it is the only time the second painting in a collection has been released immediately following the first.
  • The Open Gate, in its smaller format, is a stunning compliment to the beauty of Summer Gate – and is a great paining to add to your collection.
  • As most know, gates are one of Thom’s favorite subjects to paint; The Open Gate, second in the exciting new Summer Gate Series, captures both the beauty of summer and Thom’s attraction to the mystery and wonder of an open gate.
Title The Open Gate
Published June 1999
Subject Location Cotswold, England
Collection Summer Gate II

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12" x 16"
16" x 20"
18" x 24"

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