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On a hot day, it is wonderful to sit outside as the evening cools down and spend time with family and friends.  Even better is when the surroundings are beautiful, and the food is good.

This is my painting of people enjoying a warm summer night in Indianapolis. The glass building nearby is the arts garden. I enjoy the interesting architecture, and the beautiful colors of the neon in the night.

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This was a fun painting. I love the rhythm of the repeating lines and shapes. The one point perspective the buildings create as they get smaller to a vanishing point, and the scale of the people and cars create a strong sense of depth. The warm and cool color contrast creates a vibrant and exciting scene. 

I enjoy downtown in a big city at night. The colors, lights, and people are exciting.

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Walking in the rain can be fun, especially if it is warm. At my last art fair, the forecast was for rain. People were prepared so they brought umbrellas. This painting was fun, especially the expression of the little girl, who is getting wet, even though she brought an umbrella, which she is carrying, unopened.

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March is one of my favorite months, and not just because it is my birthday. The world is waking up from it’s long winter nap. It is generally perfect temperature wise. Flowers are blooming, grass is greening. It is a great time to be outside.

This is a painting of my oldest 2 girls flying a kite with me. The dog is lying there soaking up the sun.

 

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One of my favorite things about living in the South is the beautiful Springtime. I remember when I first moved south and saw Azalea bushes just covered in blossoms. I could hardly believe they were real. Later I discovered dogwood trees, and redbuds, to of my other springtime favorites. 

This painting is a commission for Mother’s Day. It was of a lady’s beautiful flowers. I hope I captured the feeling of spring!

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This last saturday I participated in a Plein Air event in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Half of the proceeds from auctioning the paintings went to their Downtown Revitalization, and half goes to the artist. I was asked to paint this restaurant / Tavern, called The Mason Jar Tavern. 

When I was about 1/2 way through, someone came out and put up umbrellas. It made the scene much more interesting. I also added a car to create a sense of scale, and human interest. 

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When a couple from our church decided to get married, I painted this as their wedding present. They were married in the Columbia, South Carolina temple. In our church, we believe that a marriage in the temple can be for eternity and not just til death. 

I loved painting the overcast skies, and of course, being South Carolina, the Palmettos were important. It was a fun painting!

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I really enjoy old homes and old cars. Not far from my home is an old farmhouse with this fun fire engine out front. What a neat combination!  I chose to portray this scene in late afternoon light in winter. The muted color scheme creates a feeling of unity, and of age, as both the home and the engine are antiques. The light and shadow contrast give a sense of time to the painting.  

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Children coming into the world bring excitement, hope, anxiety, and fear. They bring happiness, exhaustion, and most of all, joy. We have 3 kids, and are done with having babies. Knowing the 3rd one was going to be the last one, Lynley asked me to do a painting of her, expecting.

I chose this particular pose becase the tender, happy look on Lynley’s face, conveying some of the emotions she was feeling about the coming child, and toward me, the father of the baby.

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