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Old 11-09-2008, 06:40 PM
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Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

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It's a simple question, and I've searched the forums, but still couldn't find the answer.

Does Thomas Kinkade use oils or acrylics?

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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

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Hi folks...

It's a simple question, and I've searched the forums, but still couldn't find the answer.

Does Thomas Kinkade use oils or acrylics?

Thanks,
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Dunno? at a guess I'd say Acrylics since he produces and sells his art by the container load.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:20 PM
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

I believe most of his work is oil and he never sells originals...only prints of his originals. I don't think he couls even afford his own originals.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:00 PM
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

A direct answer from his website tells me that he uses oils.
I guess it takes a long time for him to finish a painting? I mean is there any way to capture light like he does painting wet on wet?

In his gallery, you can zoom in on his paintings and it looks like he paints over dried layers.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

He painted oil over acrylics in his later days. I've watched him also use an air sprayer and wax pencils for detail work (on a video clip). He switched over to the acrylic/oil combo in his later years because of the long drying time of oils.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

Died at age 54... Thomas Kinkade died at his home in Monte Sereno, California, of "acute intoxication" from alcohol and Valium.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

Like Steve said above, I found this info on a website discussing his techniques:

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The production of a Kinkade painting is a long process. He often sketched his ideas first, and then used a machine to blow up the sketch image or sometimes he even printed the images directly onto the canvas. Once the sketch was on the canvas, the painting began. Various brushes are used to get the desired affects. After painting with acrylic or vinyl based paints, Kinkade finished his work with oil paints. There is a waiting period during the transition from acrylic to oil paint so as not to ruin the image. The oil paint is used to add depth to the detail. Kinkade also used a fine point air brush for hairline detail and accents. The air brush creates a “haloing” affect and softens areas in the painting ("Thomas Kinkade - Inside Ivy Gate Studio").
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

...and like Rembrandt, he later had a lot of skilled apprentices.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

You can ask to James Gurney, a great friend of Thomas Kinkade. Probably Kinkade used as painting medium whisky and diazepam.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

"Kinkade also used a fine point air brush for hairline detail and accents. The air brush creates a “haloing” affect and softens areas in the painting"

An air brush?? Shameful.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:15 PM
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

Shameful is probably a discussion on Thomas Kinkade technique.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

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"Kinkade also used a fine point air brush for hairline detail and accents. The air brush creates a “haloing” affect and softens areas in the painting"

An air brush?? Shameful.

Shameful?

Tell that to Chuck Close, Gottfried Helnwein, Audrey Flack, H. R. Giger, Dean Mitchell, Don Eddy, Dru Blair, and many other well-known, professional, "fine" artists.

The airbrush is just a tool, like any other.

Have you ever used an airbrush? It's relatively easy to use, and extremely difficult to "master"...like most other tools.
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

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"Kinkade also used a fine point air brush for hairline detail and accents. The air brush creates a “haloing” affect and softens areas in the painting"

An air brush?? Shameful.



Could you explain this line of reasoning?
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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

Rembrandt scumbled with his fingers/thumb for haloing effects or whatever, he would have loved using an airbrush too, not shameful in the least.

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Re: Thomas Kinkade, oil or acrylic?

Got to give him a lot of credit for the way he was able to promote his work to the public. I'm consider.myself a beginner and have much to learn, but I truly can't stand to look at his paintings
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