This image was released in 2007 and is the first in the Enchanted Cottages Collection. Thom painted 25 "N's" in this image for his ongoing tribute to his wife and life partner Nanette. The inspiration for this painting came about from a cottage just like this, in which Thom and Nanette lived in, in England when they were first married. Thom finished an released this painting just in time for their 27th wedding Anniversary. In the distance, dusk starts to settle on the village as Nanette's Cottage comes to life. Take note of the village church in the center of this image.
"Peacefulness and tranquility are such precious commodities. As I look upon the undisturbed waters surrounding Nanette's Cottage, I am reminded of simpler times in my own life. Some 16 years ago I had the chance to lead a quieter existence - some might even say that it was during this period that I first learned the serenity that has become the essence of my art. It was during an extended stay in southern England that I first discovered that life moved at a kinder and gentler pace for those who would seek it. Our evening walks as a young family often led us to the cottages that lined the meandering stream at the center of our village. It was on one such walk that I discovered a cottage that in my mind would always be linked to my life partner, Nanette. ""I would love to live in a cottage like that someday" Nanette had remarked at the time.
"Now, as we prepare for our 27th anniversary and the advent of my wife's birthday, I at long last give to Nanette the gift of that cottage as in years past I have given painted cottages to my children. Surrounding Nanette's Cottage are the distinguishing elements of the good life: an enduring faith as symbolized by the spire in the distance, physical recreation as symbolized by the row boat with its proud sailor aboard (Nanette's childhood teddy bear); and the glowing lights from within the cottages symbolizing the pleasures of hearth and home. Here is a place for all to rest from life's toils. Perhaps, like me, you long for such places as the seasons of life get busier and more filled with stress. Here then is a resting place for all who long for simpler times." - Thomas Kinkade.
Image Size: 12"H x 16"W Overall Size: 19.5H x 23.5"W x 1"D. You'll receive a certificate of authenticity to denote this is a genuine piece of Thomas Kinkade artwork. For indoor use only. Made in the USA.
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