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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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When I was a kid, my dad and I spent a lot of time with each other out in the canoe.  I think it helped us keep a strong relationship. No wonder that I was excited to get a canoe for my 36th birthday.

The next few years I had a baby girl to small to sit in the canoe, so it mostly was in storage, but last year, my daughter kept asking me to take her fishing. One morning we headed out to Lake Lucas, where the state record Crappie was caught, and gave it a try.

We had fun, no bites, but it was nice to be together.  After an hour or so, my two year old was ready to be out of the water and go play on the playground.

This was a fun memory, and I am looking forward to the years when patience is greater, and we can have a lot of fun together.

Fishing with Daddy

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Asheboro is like the proverbial city on a hill. It sits on a ridge, and within a few blocks of each other creeks begin, which later flow into the Yadkin River, or on the other side, the Cape Fear River.  This is a small quick painting of Cedar Fork Creek, on the west side of Asheboro.  It is very small here, hoppable, actually, but is quiet and pretty.

It was kind of a break to do something so loose and quick.

Cedar Fork

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Small, rural towns are some of my favorite places.  They all have their own character.  They have neat churches, and old houses. If they are the county seat, they usually have a great courthouse.  I am always a little sad when I go to a town where the old courthouse has been torn down, and replaced with a boring modern building, that has all of the character of a shoe box. Luckily, my town, Asheboro, kept the old courthouse building, and the architect took cues from it when building the new one.  Here is a painting of them side by side.
At the Courthouse

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I enjoy architecture.  One of my favorite styles in homes is Craftsmen, because it isfun to see all the personal details that were added to the buildings.  I also love big front porches.  We don’t see them a lot any more because we have become indoor people.  I would love to have a house that incorporates the great things from an older home with modern air conditioning, electricity, plumbing, and insulation.

These are some great craftsmen bungalows, on Uwharrie (pronounced you-are-ee) Street, here in Asheboro.

uwharrie Street 2

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It is fun to live in an area where horses are common. Horsey was my daughter’s first animal word.  She said it when we went for walks past the pastures.

Today I painted a line of horses, eating their breakfast.

Morning Lineup

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I live in a very beautiful place. My Grandma once described Indiana as “a painting everywhere you look.” I live in North Carolina, but I think the sentiment fits even better here.

I have a little walk I like to take around my community. I walk down the hill, past an old farmhouse, and turn right. This is my view.  Gorgeous!

I love living in the Piedmont of North Carolina.  It has rolling hills, and mini mountain ranges.  They aren’t anywhere near as big as the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina, but are full of forests, small farms, and wildlife.  It is a soft beauty.

Waking Up

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There is something special about the light for a few hours after sunrise.  It makes everything glow.  Even the most ordinary place can seem magical.  Those that sleep in miss out on the best time of day.

Sunset Avenue is the old business hub of my town. The old train depot is down there, and it used to be home for department stores, before they built the mall. Now there are antique shops, galleries, and restaurants. I love old historic downtowns. They have character, individuality, and history.

I had fun painting a double streetscape.  Of course the whole painting is looking at the north side of sunset, but there is a fun reflection of the west end of downtown Sunset Avenue, toward the railroad crossing, in the van windows.

early morning, sunset avenue

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Some days are best bundled up somewhere nice waiting out the storm.  My favorite rainy day activities are either reading a book (which happens to be one of my favorite sunny day activities also) or watching a storm roll in.

This is a painting of the harbor at Manteo, NC, just as the rain was coming in.
Rest Day

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