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Thomas Kinkade, the prolific painter

He appeared to have died of natural causes, according to a statement that his family issued to The San Jose Mercury News.

Though often disdained by the fine art establishment, Mr. Kinkade built a decorative art empire by creating sentimental paintings that were, for the most part, relatively inexpensive and resonated with the desires of homeowners who did not ordinarily buy art. He sold his work directly, through his own franchise galleries or on cable television home shopping networks, and eventually online.

Much of his work reflected Christian themes or visions of a traditional, rustic America residing in comforting solitude. The paintings — of homey cottages and rural churches and rivers flowing gently through brilliant foliage — rarely included people, which allowed the owners to project themselves into the scenes.

(by Kinkade Forest Chapel)



Neiman also made a cameo appearance in Rocky Balboa

there is no mistaking that he was a talented artist. Sylvester Stallone sure thought so, which is why he had him produce exclusive art for the Rocky franchise starting in 1981. He did the painting above, of Rocky and Apollo Creed, which was featured in the end credits for Rocky III, as well as this Stallone portrait, perhaps his best-known work. But for a generation hooked on cheesy sports films of the '80s, Neiman was a fixture not just with his brush but also his acting, as Stallone cast him as a ring announcer in Rocky III, IV, and V.

(by leroy neiman rocky)


Mark Visual painting of oil painting

Impressionist painters not only in the color on the big step forward, in the way of observation also began to innovate. In the past, people always follow the traditional, close to the tones of the tone to draw objects. At that time the impression can not draw Impressionist bright colors, because people are not entirely based on their own eye observation, but also the lack of scientific help, only in accordance with the "known" color to draw. Impressionist painters abandon all the traditional color concept, to capture the light caused by the color changes in the object produced by the visual experience, this feeling is purely personal, so the color is also very clear, rich and full of personality. Their purpose is still as objective as possible to reproduce the object objectively. Impressionist painters completely focus on capturing visual impressions and the pursuit of light color changes, they often ignore the object shape and contours, the object painted very loose and free, only the pursuit of color effects. It is hard for people who are accustomed to classical painting to accept their art. In order to keep the vivid and realistic work, the Impressionist painter mostly used the work as a creation, advocated in the light to complete the work once, back to the studio no longer modified.

Impressionist painting of the form of exploration and the pursuit of painting, so that painting becomes richer, more freedom, more painting features, it should be said that this is a painting of the liberation. But it is not desirable to ignore the function of painting and the neglect of educational function, which makes the Impressionist works often lack the social and historical sense of depth.

(by   Mark Spain