Christmas Chapel I
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
"I love the Christmas Eve services and the traditions that go
along with them. In our church, it means lighting candles and passing them
symbolically from one person to another. As I envisioned this tradition on
canvas, I began to imagine that in an ideal world the Christmas Eve service
would happen in a country chapel along a snowy wooded lane. The crisp night
air is filled with silent snowflakes as a classic one-horse sleigh jingles
through the frosty scene. Footsteps in the snow lead to the chapel door,
suggesting that the church is filled with merry worshippers. The chapel is
brilliantly lit against the darkening forest and a blazing cross atop the
log steeple reminds us of the spiritual significance of the season.
I envision this painting as the first in a series of three Christmas
Chapels, each taking their inspiration from a classic Christmas carol. My
prayer is that this series will give each of us a chance to rekindle the
simple joys of the Christmas season."
- Thomas Kinkade
1. Christmas Chapel I, O Come All Ye Faithful is the first in Thom's new
Christmas Chapel collection, which is planned for three images.
2. Thom has placed a total of 25 N's in Christmas Chapel I, O Come All Ye
Faithful in tribute to his wife Nanette, as well as in celebration for his
25 years as a published artist.
3. Did you know that the top five selling CHAPEL images of all time are 1)
Mountain Chapel, 2) Forest Chapel, 3) Streams of Living Water, 4) Sunday
Evening Sleigh Ride and 5) Dogwood Chapel?
4. Did you know that the top five selling CHRISTMAS scenes of all time are
1) Holiday Gathering, 2) Village Christmas, 3) Blessings of Christmas, 4)
Sunday Evening Sleigh Ride and 5) Lights of Liberty?
5. In this work, Thom features a new technique called "the radiant palette,"
where he intensifies the mid range. This makes the glow more intense and
radiant than ever, while the shadows grow darker.
6. Christmas Chapel I, O Come All Ye Faithful features a country church —
with an old-fashioned celebration of Christmas in the country — an intimate
gathering of family and friends on Christmas Eve.
7. This is a classic timeless image of Christmas. Thom's favorite part is
the ragged cross on the steeple. He wanted to portray the light of hope that
we can have during Christmas. The cross is a symbol of hope.
8. Christmas Chapel I, O Come All Ye Faithful is a celebration of details,
with a Christmas Eve service in progress — the log building glowing with
light pouring out. We can tell that people are inside celebrating, with a
fire to keep them warm, maybe even singing the hymn,"O Come All Ye