Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Want to live in a Thomas Kinkade painting? Its possible.

Fans of Thomas Kinkade's sentimental paintings soon will be able to do more than hang them on the wall. The California artist has signed a deal with developers in a resort city of Idaho to help design five lake-view houses that are copies of homes in paintings such as "Beyond Autumn Gate." (shown)

The houses will cost $4 million to $6 million, part of an explosion of luxury homes being constructed around Lake Coeur d'Alene as this once-fading timber and mining town is remade by tourists and retirees.

Works by Kinkade, who labels himself the nation's most collected living artist, generally depict tranquil scenes, such as country homes and churches, lighthouses, lush landscaping and cottages with streams running nearby. "People tell me they often wish they could enter into one of my paintings," Kinkade says in the promotional video. "Now you can."

The artist gets many requests from builders and others who want to capitalize on his work, but this project in Idaho was one of the best. The five homes will be built on a 20-acre site with spectacular views near Bennett Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene, some 40 miles east of Spokane. The project is called The Gates of Coeur d'Alene, and features homes from Kinkade's Gate series of paintings.

To see this series of paintings/soon to be homes click here.


MOM said...

Coeur d'Alene is a beautiful part of the country and used to be real country land with agriculture and farms, etc. Beautiful. I like Kinkade paintings but I wish people would spend their $4 to $6 MILLION on something worthwhile - like feeding starving orphans, improving storm ravaged towns, helping adults to learn to read and on and on. What a shame that people are so self indulgent with such big amounts of money ....

Cherie <> said...

I agree with your mom about the money :)...But it is pretty cool that they're making real homes like the ones he has painted. He definitely has a wonderful gift.

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