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Los Angeles California Temple - Sketch

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    The Los Angeles Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by the artist Chad S. Hawkins. In 1989, at the age of seventeen, Chad started this unique temple series becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork. Before drawing each temple, Chad visits the temple site to research its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.

    Since the Spirit can only be felt by those seeking it, said Chad, I made my hidden image noticeable only to those who are looking for it. The Spirit of God can easily be felt on the temple grounds so I drew the sets of bushes as if they were on fire. I also put flames all along the base of the temple, in the trees, and in the flowers. These images are expressed in the favorite hymn, The Spirit of God like a fire is burning. This hymn has been sung at many of the temple dedications, including the Los Angeles Temple. The Spirit of God like a fire is burning The latter-day glory begins to come forth. The visions and blessings of old are returning, And angels are coming to visit the earth. Well sing and well shout with the armies of heaven, Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb! Let glory to them in the highest be given, Henceforth and forever, Amen and amen (LDS Hymn Book, 1985, p. 2).

    This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.