The 4th of July has turned out to be a decent day for painting. Once my thermometer reached 106, I decided it was time to get out of the garage and retreat to my indoor studio (I cannot bear the dim light of the indoors, once I’ve indulged in plein air, nevertheless I’m not inviting heat stroke either). It’s nice to work in an air conditioned place now.
I began this small 11 x 14″ piece on the last day of class with my Eureka Springs School of the Arts group. It was Friday morning, and I felt a heaviness, knowing I was going to leave Eureka Springs and all its beauty that day, yet anxious in my heart to get on to the next appointment. I felt that great things were just ahead.
Once I took out this piece today, I realized that the antique steam engine really needed a set of wheels. So I fortunately had a reference photo taken on location, and set to work today trying to finish out the bottom of this composition. I’m glad to bring closure to this work. Again, I have too many conflicting feelings co-mingled, as this painting takes me back to the end of Eureka Springs and the transition back to life as I know it today. It has not been an easy shift, and I’m still working to get my feet back underneath me.
I have filled out an application for the 2012 academic year at Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and hope I can return to this remarkable mountain town next summer. This quaint Victorian mountain town is a plein air artist’s dream.
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