+++++ And this is what Thomas Kinkade said about this work +++++
I believe that each of us carries an image of the good life in a private
place very near to our hearts. Because I am a painter, I visualize The Good
Life in terms of a scene that embodies the virtues and values that are most
precious to me.
In The Good Life, third and final piece in my Beginning of a Perfect
Evening collection, I have in effect set up my easel in that imagined space
where God's bounty is manifest. It is an autumn evening: that season and
time when God seems to live in the radiant sky and charge his world with
I identify with the fisherman, perhaps because Christ described His
followers as fishers of men, and certainly because the fisherman lives in a
profound harmony with nature and receives its gifts with humble gratitude.
Mountain streams such as this are abundant with fat brook trout; the smoke
of a cook fire rises in the still mountain air. Towering peaks embrace the
valley, and light spills from the log cabin which seems ablaze with life. I
imagine that my wife and daughters are safely tucked away in that cottage,
enjoying the pleasures of a comfortable domesticity, as they await my
triumphant return with the evening catch. Alone with my family, safe,
peacefully savoring the glories of God's majestic creation - that is my
image of The Good Life. I invite you to enjoy it with me."
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