Good lord. Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade has put out a straight-to-video Christmas special, based on his so-bad-they’re-good paintings. From his base of operations in Carmel and Monterey, Kinkade is truly one of California’s most unintentionally wonderful cultural ambassadors; really, you gotta love the man. Here’s a guy who sells “original” works that are really churned off an assembly line and daubed with a few flecks of paint in the corner. He suckers people into buying them on the grisly notion that once he dies, they’ll double in value and are therefore more “investments” than “paintings.” Although he pimps his Christianity to sell more maudlin crap, he’s been known to get really shitfaced and ritually urinate in public to mark his territory; he even gave a Winnie the Pooh figure a golden shower at an Anaheim hotel. And now he’s got a movie!