A Second Watercolor Sketch, Created Inside the Art Festival Booth

Eureka Springs Evening Musings

As it turned out, Friday was also a slow day for sales at Grapefest in Grapevine, Texas (thank God for Saturday and Sunday!).  So, I found time while sitting in the booth to sketch out a second watercolor.  Both paintings were 8 x 10″ works which I inserted in pre-cut mattes and slipped into plastic sleeves.  This subject was painted from another 8 x 10″ enlarged photo I took earlier this summer while in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It has been my deep-seated privilege to teach a one-week plein air watercolor class at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts in the middle of June in recent years.  I have been asked to return next summer for my fourth consecutive term.  The Victorian mountain town is so exquisite for anyone wishing to paint outdoors.  This photo is of a rustic facade of businesses in the lower section that I managed to photograph in the waning light of the summer evening.

I may be making too much of this, but I am very happy with how the cool lavenders played alongside the warm oranges in this painting.  It was an accident, but I’ll take it!  I was enchanted with the summer light in Arkansas, always wishing I could capture some of its essence on the paper with watercolor washes, and I believe it happened this time.  When I took the photo, I was fascinated with the misty veils that seemed to swirl in the gathering shadows of that warm summer evening.  This is something I want to explore further, and hopefully will get an opportunity this weekend, as I am slowly catching up with my school work responsibilities.

Thanks for reading.


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