This is the most satisfying thing I’ve seen in months. Have you ever seen those awful, mawkish, sickly-sweet paintings by Thomas Kinkade that started appearing in malls a few years ago? You could tell the clerk what parts of the painting you wanted featured, and they would stick it in a machine that would highlight the flowers which inexplicably all bloomed at once or the unreasonably clean sheep or Cinderella’s perfect cuticles. The paintings all look like they are located in the Shire (minus the fun hairy wee folk). Some of them have aggressively quaint cottages, some have allegedly wild animals (who all appear to have just come from the salon), some light up (the true sign of a legitimate painting), and all exhibit pretty strong skills paired with terrible taste. And they are shockingly, embarrassingly popular. It is like a beautiful truffle dish finished off with cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta. Anyway, apparently, I’m not the only one irritated by Kinkade.
Enter Jeff Bennett and his creation, “Wars on Kinkade.” He took some of those same icky paintings and added in just what they were missing – the Evil Galactic Empire. I, for one, am ready to reconsider some of these pieces. As amended, of course.