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Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland
As the third painting in my Disney Dreams Collection, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland promises to be my most exciting work yet! The Peter Pan story presents the wondrous fantasies of youth; secret island hideaways, visions of mermaids and pirates, and the irresistible urge to fly high above the world. I am powerfully aware of the tug of youthful dreams – one might even say that as an artist, I strive to stay constantly connected with the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.
As with the first two paintings in my twelve piece Disney Dreams Collection (affectionately referred to as the “Disney Dozen” by die hard collectors!), I try to tell the whole story in a single image – what I refer to as a narrative panorama. We see Neverland in the distance, just below the “second star to the right,” an enchanting land rising above the clouds. As the full moon bathes the scene with its silvery glow, the lights of London twinkle along the river Thames as the clouds take shape, if only in our imagination, as characters from the adventure – Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys, and the ubiquitous ticking crocodile.
But for me, the central character of the story will always remain Tinker Bell, the enchanted fairy princess who makes the entire journey of imagination possible. As the bells of Big Ben begin to toll in the evening air, won’t you grab a handful of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and join me on the adventure of a lifetime? As Peter Pan put it, “come on everybody, here we go…”
- Thomas Kinkade has placed a total of twenty-five N’s in Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland as tribute to his love for his wife Nanette, as well as in celebration for his twenty-five years as a published artist.
- Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland is the third painting in Thom’s Disney Dreams Collection; Thom also hid a tribute to the two previous Disney Dreams Collection paintings – can you find Snow White and Pinocchio? And continuing with his style of hiding Mickey Mouse silhouettes in the collection, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland has twenty-five to look for.
- The clock tells the time of 8:02 – in the movie when Peter Pan and the Darlings land on Big Ben it is 8:04 – but Thom took artistic liberties and changed it in celebration of the year he and Nanette were married: 1982.
- Take a look at the upper left of Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland and you will see Neverland, complete with an Indian encampment, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, the Mermaid Lagoon, and more!
- Thom has created another Disney Dreams Collection narrative panorama – going beyond a single scene and telling the whole story through his inspiration from the original Disney sketches that the 1953 movie was based on.
- The sailboat on the horizon is a tribute to Walt Disney himself. Walt loved being on boats, so Thom imagined that Walt is on the ship sailing off on new adventures beyond Neverland.
- The clouds represent the transition from the clearly detailed city of London below to the gossamer world of childhood dreams and fantasy – and Neverland – above. Where “time is never planned!”
- Remember in the story that as the children return to London they look back to find the sailing ship “disappearing” into the clouds? What and who else are hiding in the clouds in Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland? Can you find Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys and Big Horn? Do you hear the crocodile ticking?
|Title||Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland|
|Collection||Disney Dreams Collection III|
18" x 27"
24" x 36"
28" x 42"
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