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I love visiting interesting little towns through out the country. There is so many fun places, and such interesting architecture.  Last week I went with my Dad to Dillsboro, North Carolina. It is a tiny tourist town in the Plott Balsam Mountains, near Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As we were walking around we saw this fun house that had been turned into a shop. I loved the line of motorcycles parked in front of it. They looked like the riders were out for a cruise, and taking a break.

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Today my nephew is getting married. He is the first of the next generation to be married. This is happening at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, in South Jordan, Utah. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that when we marry in our temples, we are sealed to our families, not just til death, but throughout all time and eternity. I painted this as a gift for them to commemorate the occasion.

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London is such a cool city. There is so much history and culture. Modern buildings are next to thousand year old walls. When we were in London we got to do a evening cruise on the Thames. It was a great way to get to know the city as the river flows through the heart of London.  As it got dark, the bridges and buildings were lit up in beautiful colors.

This painting is a view of Southwark, the part of London directly across from the old City of London. Here we have the rebuilt Globe Theatre, based off of Shakespeare’s theatre, next to the Tate Modern, a museum of contemporary art in an old power generation station.  In the foreground is the Bankside pier, and you can see the glow off of the Bankside shops and restaurants. The blue on the right is the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the Thames between the Tate Modern, and St Pauls. 

I love this unique view, and want to go back!

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I have never been one to party. Mostly I like to be home after dark. However, being downtown in a big city at night is beautiful. The skyscrapers lit up are great, and the neon glowing in the night is beautiful. This is a painting of Indianapolis at night. It is from a photo my dad gave me to paint. I love the reflections, and the way the car lights illuminate the other cars. 

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I have been on many road trips. Late at night, when I get tired and need a break, the bright colors and lights of a gas station are like a beacon, drawing me in. I know I can find food, and a bathroom, which although not of the highest quality, are available, and open, even in the most out of the way locations.

I enjoyed the composition of this painting, with the structured building playing off of the organic reflections, as well as the red / green complimentary color scheme. It was fun to do a night painting.

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I love my little girls. They are fun and adventurous. Last spring we went to the beach, and they had fun playing on the edge of the water with me.  We saw Conch shells, Jellyfish, and even a snake skeleton.  We especially enjoyed just letting the waves wash over our toes. We couldn’t swim, there was a tropical storm, and the undertow was very strong, but we enjoyed the sky and the surf, and being together.  Lynley was at a conference in the morning, but got to play with us in the afternoon. It was great family time.

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Indiana is one of the places I consider home.  For the past 20 years it is where my family has been. It is a beautiful, peaceful, underrated state.  One of my favorite things to do is to go driving out in the country, especially in the early hours of the day, when the world is just starting to wake up.

This is a painting of a beautiful Indiana farm, near my parent’s home.

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Walking in the rain is therapeutic to me.  Some do not like it and will just scurry inside, but when you have paid a bundle of money to be somewhere, you make do. Throwing on  a poncho or walking beneath an umbrella is a soluton that some take. These are people enjoying the Magic Kingdom in the rain.  I love the bright colors, and the reflections, as well as the fun architecture.

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My Sister in Law recently made  a new start in her life.  After years of nomadic life with the military, she settled down in  a place she plans on staying and bought a beautiful home for her children to grow up in. This new home holds all the dreams and potential memories for their future. I hope they have many happy ones there.

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Holidays are about visiting with family.  One of my favorite things I do during my holidays is exploring with my Dad. Last year we went all over southeastern Indiana, just taking the back roads. This painting is of Dad, walking down the festive streets of Aurora, Indiana.holiday-stroll

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