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SoCal artist paints '100 Not So Famous Views of LA'

"72. Wiltern Theater" from Barbara Thomason's "100 Not So Famous Views of L.A."
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When you think of Los Angeles, certain images come to mind. There's the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Capitol Records, and the muscle heads on Venice Beach. But a new book explores another, "not so famous" side of town.

In "100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.," artist and author Barbara Thomason focused on the landmarks, bridges, parks and vistas that go beyond the usual post card images.

Taking her inspiration from the mid-nineteenth century Japanese print-maker Utagawa Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," Thomason says she started out without any expectations for the project "other than to do a hundred paintings and hoping I got through it."

Later, her goal became to get people to "take a second look at things and maybe quit tearing them down," Thomason says. "I think we have a lot worth looking at and saving."

You can see more of Barbara Thomason's paintings from "100 Not So Famous Views of L.A." here.