All Aboard for Christmas
Americans have a fascination with trains, and rightly so. Trains are a large part of what made us such a prosperous nation, because it gave us the ability to move our ample resources quickly. The American love of trains is commemorated in an American tradition of Santa or Christmas Train Rides. There is nothing quite so fun during the holiday season as bundling up with your entire family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and going for a train ride through the snowy country-side. Often times there will be hot cocoa or hot apple sider, and conductors will lead the merry riders in singing Christmas carols. Decorations are placed along the route for families to "ooh" and "ahhh" over. It truly is a magic experience. Thomas Kinkade had brought this experience to life with his painting "All Aboard For Christmas." Read what he said about this painting when it was released:
"There is nostalgia in childhood…the security of a family holiday tradition…and in the adventure of railway travel. In this homecoming, family and friends are reunited for the holidays. It is a community event in Lionelville when the train arrives and the celebration begins. Indeed, I smile when I say… ‘All Aboard for Christmas‘!
The excitement of the railway is ingrained in the American experience of travel. It is what opened the west to the east as part of our country’s manifest destiny. It is a fundamental part of our popular culture…who has not dreamed of riding the “Orient Express” or the iron horse of the American plains? And, it is a part of my own “growing up” as my most favorite of all childhood Christmas gifts. As a boy, I received my first Lionel electric train set under a yuletide tree and still delight in the memory of its set-up and of the imagined adventures I had on those scaled down tracks.
For a child there is nothing as exciting as the dream of faraway places and the adventures in travel one might have to reach them. For those young at heart, the beat of the rail as the train gains speed brings the excitement of travel and the emotional warmth of homecoming. Join me in Lionelville, a place where adventures start and reunions are enjoyed throughout the holiday season. God Bless!"
Thomas Kinkade All Aboard for Christmas
All Aboard for Christmas
All Aboard for Christmas is a painting Thomas Kinkade finished just before his untimely passing. This beautiful painting was done in collaboration with Lionel Trains. All Aboard for Christmas is unique among all the Kinkade Christmas themed paintings in that this is the only painting to ever have Santa Claus in it.
++++Limited Edition FRAMED Artist Proof (A/P) CANVAS (Frame included! See below)
++++ Thom created this artwork in 2012.
++++ Rare! This Edition is LIMITED to ONLY 690 in the world!
++++ Hand Embellished Oil Highlighting This canvas is luminous! The artwork literally glows like the lights are shining in the cottage.This is also one of the artworks that change the time of day depending how much light you are shining on it. With medium light it looks like sunset, with more light it reflects back as if it is sunrise ~~ Pure magic! (At the time of purchase you will receive coaching on lighting with dimmer switch)
++++ Signed with a forgery-proof DNA Matrix signature
++++ Framed in a Brandy with fluted roses Museum Quality Frame ~~ ready to hang!
++++ Brass plaque with legend "All Aboard for Christmas ~~ Thomas Kinkade"
++++ Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity included
++++About the Artist Proof Edition ~~
Artist Proofs (A/P)The Artist Proof Edition is available only through Premier Dealers and above, and is issued in very small editions. A/P's are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process and the canvas lithograph has a backstamp identifying it as an Artist Proof.