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River towns are interesting.  This particular town was a booming place in the 1800s, and still survives today due to it’s proximity to Cincinnati. There is a juxtaposition  of beautiful historic homes, architecture, and modern industry
Life Along the River

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Camping is so much fun.  Sitting around the campfire, out far away from everyone.  Telling stories, eating roasted hotdogs, watching the stars. It is beautiful.  Last September, my dad and I went camping.  We didnt sleep much, but enjoyed sitting by the lake, watching the stars, and talking.

Here is the second in the series for my Stake’s High Adventure activity.
Under the Stars

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Hiking in the Blue Ridge is one of my favorite activities.  I love the cool forests, the clear streams, and the many waterfalls.  A very convenient area to hike is just north from Peaks of Otter in the Jefferson National Forest of Virginia.  Right off the Blue Ridge parkway are trails to 2 beautiful waterfalls, Fallingwater Cascades, and Apple Orchard Falls.

I have chosen to portray the hike along the creek, just before the waterfall drops.

Above Cascade Falls

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One of the things I love about spring and summer is the powerful thunderstorms.  They are so massive and sublime. In this pastoral scene I have chosen to portray these cows grazing just as a storm is about to hit.
preparing for the storm

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I love big rivers. It is one of the best things about the eastern third of the United States. It is a wet climate, so water has to go somewhere. The first big river i lived close to was the Ohio.  It is a beautiful, massive body of water.

Rivers were the first highways.  The native people would use them for trade. Later, Pioneers used them to move through the dense forests of the east.  They still are used for commerce and recreation.

Here is my painting of a riverboat at the wharf. I love the warm vs cool contrast between the winter landscape, and the sky and river.  I have always been interested in the juxtaposition of man made in the natural landscape.
At the Wharf

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Summer is a beautiful time of the year. One of the pretty, albeit uncomfortable parts of summer is humidity.  It causes strong atmospheric perspective: things get lighter, grayer and fuzzier the further away they get.

This is a beautiful scene of two old tractors on a farm in late summer.  The corn is up, but not ready to harvest, but the hayfield has been mown, and the wildflowers are done .

I love the layered look of this painting, accentuating the depth of the scene.
Waiting for harvest

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I love to drive around exploring. It is always fun to find magical places.  This is one of them. It is Story Inn. When I first saw it, i felt it should be in a fantasy story.  It looks like it grew right out of the woods.  It also reminds me of the movie “Big Fish” It is really fun.

I have tried to capture that organic, mystical feel in my painting.
No Parking

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One day, while driving out in the country, I came across a farm that was flooded.  It was a bright, cold morning, with a breeze, and the water had frozen.  The sun was shining towards me, casting everything into shadow.  It was beautiful.  I had to make it into a painting!

Morning Reflections

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Family time is the best time.  I love all of the memories made together.  Family should be your best friends, there for you whether you like it or not.  These relationships are built when we do things together, whether it be work or fun.

This is a family on a vacation together. I love the reflections of the rain. Having 2 daughters myself, I enjoy seeing the dad carrying the littlest one while the older daughter trails a little behind.
With the Family

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