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At the junction of Trents Ferry Road and Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg, Virginia, is a really cute little farm.  Judith Creek flows through it on the way to the James River.  I always thought it would be a great place to live, and it is very beautiful.

I love the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.  The beautiful farms edged by ancient rolling mountains makes me feel at peace.  I especially love early spring and fall, when the bright colors show up on the trees.

judith creek2

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June is a beautiful month around my house.  Plants have been growing long enough to be luxurious.  Blossoms are out all over.  The cone flowers and gay feathers are in full bloom, and the gladiolas are starting.  Cannas are starting to be bright as well.

Here is my homage to my blooms.

June

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It has been years (since I was a student at Utah State) that I have done a self portrait with oil paints.  Recently I have been teaching college painting classes, and had my students do self portraits.  This was my demo. I like it.

Self Portrait

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My nephew said it all when he was quoted for a newspaper article.  He said “It is our temple!”  Our church builds beautiful temples to worship God in, and to do ordinances that link families together eternally.  They are very sacred, and are  only open to the public before they are dedicated.  This is the Indianapolis Temple. It was just dedicated this month.  It is the first temple in Indiana, which has been my family’s home since the late 1990s. A lot of my nieces and nephews were born and raised here, so we were all very excited when this temple was announced in 2012.

I have tried to capture the beauty of the temple lit up at twilight.  This is based off a photo my sister, Sarah, took during the Open house.  I have not had a chance to see it myself yet, but hope to next week while I am in Indiana.
Indianapolis Temple

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I have painted this group of buildings 3 times.  I like this one the best!  I especially love the character that shows in these old buildings in our historic business district.

This painting shows how sunlight is warm. The white highlights actually have a little yellow, and the shadows are cool, containing blue or Violet tones.

Enjoy!
Morning After

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I love old homes.  I like to look at the architecture of the place.  If it is an old farmhouse, I wonder what life was like on that farm many years ago.

We all have homes that bring back memories for us, like our grandparent’s homes. My grandparents lived in homes built in the 60’s, in the suburbs, and I loved visiting them there, but songs like “Over the River and Through the Woods” made me imagine visiting grandparents in a home like this, in a farm, out in the country.
The Old Home Place

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In order to create the strongest impact, having contrast is very important.  This painting is about energy erupting across a restful background.  The bright warm colors pop against the cool neutrals,  creating a visual statement.

BAM

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In recent decades, many communities have tried to solve the problem of empty downtowns, caused by shopping malls, and businesses moving to the outskirts of the city.  Now small local businesses are moving into these open spaces.  Two common businesses are galleries, and antique shops.

This is a painting of a flea market store in downtown Asheboro.  They always have the most interesting things outside on the sidewalks, as well as vintage finds within.

I enjoyed the colors and shapes peaking through the reflections in the glass, as well as all the crazy wire stuff they had outside.

Junk Shop

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On old NC 49, just southwest of Asheboro, there is a barbecue restaurant. It is called Silo’s.  I wonder if they named it after this picturesque farm located right behind it.  Asheboro is located in the Uwharrie Mountains, a small, eroded, ancient chain.  Our home is located in the hills you can see in the background.

This painting was fun.  I loved the shapes and colors of the foreground!
Farm on Old 49

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