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ARTS 1113 Thomas Kinkade Walk of Faith Analysis

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Lauren Allison
Professor Barr
ARTS 1113
10/27/19
Analysis and Evaluation
I was immediately impressed by Thomas Kinkade's elegance of Walk of Faith. The
painting portrays Jesus in a beautiful garden scene walking and speaking to Peter. There are
colorful trees along the road, characterized by shades of purple, orange and green. To their right
is a lovely flowing waterfall that runs under their path into a pond surrounded by vibrant flowers.
The fog lingering in the trees ' background gives a mystical quality to the painting. The water
appears to be so fresh, spotless and desirable in the stream. This sight supports the beauty of
heaven.
The painting's purpose is to show Jesus walking peacefully with Peter. And in the
possession of Peter are the symbolic keys to the kingdom of God. I believe this scheme is made
by the artist because it makes the viewer's mind wonder what they may be thinking about. We
sense that Jesus is sharing his wisdom with Peter. His words are kind and thoughtful in the
serene atmosphere. I believe the artist’s view of the word is encouraging and promising. Through
his depiction of the world around Jesus and Peter, the artist portrays elegance, and I think this is
also a way he sees the real world. I assume this style was chosen by the artist to show his concept
because he wants the audience to believe that heaven is as magnificent as the painting scene.
There are many design principles as well. The center of interest is definitely Jesus and
Peter. This is a balanced painting. Object colors and shapes help to balance the painting. The
balance is supporting the scene's harmony. Like the trees and flowers, the related elements form

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a consistent image. The painting also has a sense of unity. The nature surrounding the walking
men gives meaning to their presence.
This piece is representational because the Christian community knows Jesus and Peter
well and most people know who they are. The painting is asymmetrical as well. The waterfall is
on the painting's left side and the pond is on the other side, but the elements are still balancing
out. There are many visual elements in the piece. There are contoured lines represented on the
road on which Jesus and Peter travel. The water river exemplifies an implicit line because a piece
of it is hidden by the bridge, but the audience also assumes that there is water. And the trees
demonstrate how strong vertical lines are being used. The painting's colors are what catch the
viewer's eye. There are many different hues, such as green, orange, purple, blue, red, and pink,
offering a more transparent color scheme to the painting. Kinkade portrays form through the use
of color, line, and shape by producing illusions to make the trees look two-dimensional. The
natural, open, sweet, and reduced effect is produced by the use in the painting of organic shapes
of plants, flowers, and trees. The positive shapes are Jesus and Peter's figures because they are
the scene's main focus. The scene creates the illusion of air. Because of the colors and
environment, it is hopeful, transparent, and two-dimensional. The painting is an example of an
atmospheric perspective, as the trees and roads behind Jesus and Peter appear more distant than
those beside them.
The viewer’s feeling of peace and ease supports the painting achieve the chosen outcome.
I do not ponder there are distracting elements in the piece because every part fits together. It
would be difficult to compete with this work for better results because every detail is carefully
represented in order to make the painting suit the theme. From my first impression, my thoughts
and feelings about this art have not changed. I knew how beautiful it was when I first looked at

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Allison 1 Lauren Allison Professor Barr ARTS 1113 10/27/19 Analysis and Evaluation I was immediately impressed by Thomas Kinkade's elegance of Walk of Faith. The painting portrays Jesus in a beautiful garden scene walking and speaking to Peter. There are colorful trees along the road, characterized by shades of purple, orange and green. To their right is a lovely flowing waterfall that runs under their path into a pond surrounded by vibrant flowers. The fog lingering in the trees ' background gives a mystical quality to the painting. The water appears to be so fresh, spotless and desirable in the stream. This sight supports the beauty of heaven. The painting's purpose is to show Jesus walking peacefully with Peter. And in the possession of Peter are the symbolic keys to the kingdom of God. I believe this scheme is made by the artist because it makes the viewer's mind wonder what they may ...
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