First Plein Air Watercolor Morning in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

First Morning in Eureka Springs

Greetings from Eureka Springs, Arkansas!   I’ve been sick with a sinus infection for four days now, but today am much better, a little stronger, and very interested in painting.  I finished out the Waxahachie Paint Out totally spent of energy, and that is probably why the illness set in.  The long drive to Eureka Springs was not without its wrong turns and missed signposts (my nickname is Magellan).  So we arrived yesterday evening and relaxed awhile, and retired to bed early.

I awoke without an alarm at 6:30 and decided to descend upon the sleepy historic district of Eureka Springs.  From my cabin, I shambled down “shin splint” mountain, finally getting to the bottom and finding my self surrounded by scenic structures bathed in the morning sunlight.  I didn’t know where to begin.  I walked about another half mile through the town and out the other side, along the lowest route, avoiding Spring Street (I’ve already done a number of paintings along that street, and no doubt will do more the next couple of weeks).  Finally I found this abandoned facade, with sign missing, and loved the light tumbling down the side-gable.  I surprised myself by completing the pencil sketch in 11 minutes, and the watercolor sketch in one hour and six minutes.  Finally my speed is returning.  I’ve always been happier with plein air works as quick sketches, with studio work coming at another (and slower) time.

I feel terrific now, and cannot wait for my next subject (probably tomorrow morning).  Thanks for reading.

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