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Think about it - if you're an American, can you call to mind a mental image of a person who would have pink flamingo statues and lawn gnomes on their front yard? Perhaps a wooden cutout that resembles the backside of a heavyset woman bending over to do her gardening? Call that person to mind, now go inside their home. Would you be surprised to find a Kinkade painting in their home?

Yes. Those folks are more of the velvet-Elvis type.

And hey, my yard contains both a gnome and a gargoyle, so you better watch out.

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Rest in Peace, brother. And may flights of angels attend you to your rest.

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Sci-fi and comic buffs might find this interesting: Two of Kinkade's old roommates/neighbours have posted some of their memories of living with him back when they are all nobodies:

Paul Chadwick (creator of Concrete, etc.).

Mark Verheiden (writer of the original Dark Horse Aliens comic mini-series; co-executive producer and/or consulting producer of Heroes, Falling Skies, the rebooted Battlestar Galactica, etc.).

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even art:21 has blogged about kinkade's passing...

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Greg Wolfe's Kinkade essay, "Art in a Fallen World," is on the Wall Street Journal. It's worth reading, even (or especially) if you're not a big fan of Kinkade's paintings.

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Yes! I read the Wolfe piece. At the risk of sounding like an shill for our sponsering institution, I must say that I was impressed by the subtle technique of making clear disagreement and negative judgement of the subject's work without slamming the (dead) subject. If only I were capable of such eulogizing.

I wish I still had the link, but I found a hedious AP report of kinkades death last weekend that essentially slammed Kincaide by sharkily talking down to his fans as a way of explaining Kincaide's appeal and success. What a contrast between Wolfe and that AP bird.

Having skimmed some of the way earlier posts, some have expressed delight in Kincaide's early work. Are their links to such stuff?

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Having skimmed some of the way earlier posts, some have expressed delight in Kincaide's early work. Are their links to such stuff?

You mean like this?

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WOW. The difference is startling. Of the first two paintings, side by side. The author's point is obvious before I even read the text. I suppose that my only reservation on the old stuff is, why the infernal 19th c., or early 20? Or is that just a way to demonstrate the point?

On the San Fransisco theme, the newer painting does the streetcar as a cartoon.

Edited by Rich Kennedy

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Here's my observation. If you were the only one on Earth, you would never be at a loss for someone to argue with.

"Michae1": You registered at A&F this week…and your first post is what reads like an ill-advised snarky comment…about an 8-year-old post…by one of this board's most thoughtful veterans?

I sure hope that was either a drive-by, or that you improve fast.

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For what it's worth, I didn't take Michael's post as a slam. I'm of two minds, and so I argue with myself. It's an accurate observation, I think. But maybe I'm just in a magnanimous mood. :)

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