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I love rainy days. The world gets washed clean. Colors are richer, and everything is shiny.  The air smells fresh, and things are quiet and peaceful.  Rain brings water that renews and refreshes the earth, and causes everything to grow. 

This is a painting of Sylva, a cute mountain town in Western North Carolina. It is embraced by the Plott Balsam Mountains. This view from the courthouse is one of my favorites. I love the way the atmospheric perspective pushes the mountains off to the distance, and the one point linear perspective pushes the street back into the distance.  This was a fun painting!

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I love old courthouses.  Back before modernism, they were the jewel of the county.  They were the heart of the community.  As communities have grown, the courthouses have been replaced, due to lack of size and resources.  Luckily many of them are re purposed. This is the Jackson County Courthouse in North Carolina. It is now where the library is located.  The setting is beautiful, on a hill above the town of Sylva, surrounded by the Plott Balsam Mountains.

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I really enjoyed this view looking toward the bridge past the gift shop. I think the vertical and horizontal lines of the composition make it really interesting, and the complimentary color scheme is fun.

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Indianapolis has a beautiful downtown. One of my favorite times to be downtown is at night when it is all lit up.  I proposed to my wife when we were in downtown Indianapolis.  Indiana has a neat looking State Capitol building. 

I love this view looking toward the capitol, in the rain, at night. I think the lit up dome is cool, and love the silhouettes and reflected light.  

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The mountains of North Carolina are lush and beautiful. There are lots of fun small towns, surrounded by soaring peaks and rushing rivers. One of the great ways to see them is on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.  This painting is of the train pulling into Dillsboro, during an art fair.  I love the composition of the train pushing its way forward, contrasting with the people and tents .

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This is a painting of Tunnel Mountain Crafts Gallery in Dillsboro.  It is a cute little tourist town, filled with coffee shops and galleries. My first experience with Dillsboro was speaking with Connie Hogan, the owner of the gallery. She is on top of things. I was really impressed.

I really love this area in Western North Carolina.

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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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