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Re: Kinkade :(


Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 11:07:19 PDT

Most artists will work on a piece of art and get into the discovery of the
style or application of the media and then move on to new things. I believe
that Mr. Kincade is a method painter who has perfected this method and is now
marketing that to the public. Original art is very expensive and by placing a
few dabs of paint on a print it seems that he is duping the public. If you like
his work that is fine with me. I also feel that artists who observe this
fleecing of the public take offense at the use of deception and tricks as a way to
sell art.

I have a friend and his wife who love his work and have three paintings. We
were in Lake Tahoe and they insisted we stop in to the gallery. One of the
sales people came up to us and started the spiel telling us to observe the
light. They went to the wall and using a dimmer switch turned to light up and down
showing us the light difference. They said that the light gets brighter with
the increased light from above the painting. My friends ooohed and ahhhed at
this and I finally said, "That's pretty silly if you think that the painting
gets more light when you turn the light up and of course the painting will be
lighter." Instead of showing the use of white and brighter colors to
increase a feeling of light they simply turned a light on and off.

I have met the man and he is kind of full of himself. I was asked by someone
standing next to him what I thought of his work. I said, " He's a method
painter and if you like his method than I guess you like his work" she says to me,
he is standing behind you! and I replied, "If he doesn't know he is a method
painter I would be very surprised" He turned to me and smiled.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher, Leigh high school, San Jose, CA
website: Leigh Art