Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone out there! This painting is currently on display at the THEA Foundation as part of the Arkansas League of Artists Winners Show until the end of the month.
Little Rock is a city of bridges. We have 4 pedestrian bridges crossing the Arkansas River, 2 of which are former train bridges which have been converted. In addition there are 4 auto bridges, 2 of which are interstates. Baring Cross Bridge is the last and is the only train bridge in the city still in use. This view is from the River Trail on the North Little Rock side. The state capital building is to the left.
This picture is darker than the real painting. I had a great deal of difficulty getting a good picture that didn't exaggerate some colors. This is the best of my wife's efforts and a good deal better than mine. I may try to take it again and replace this at some point. This is from the south side of the Arkansas River looking back towards the town of Ozark.
This is based on a plein air I did during the summer at Rush on the Buffalo River. I had lots of trouble with the color when I was there but I thought the concept and scene were very worthy.
Rush is so named because it was once a mining town. Zinc was the primary resource extracted there. While most of the boom town that sprung up practically overnight here is gone, a few structures remain. The national park service is not actively preserving these structures, however. There is a trail that runs around one of the old talus piles and if one does not know what they are looking at, they would probably never realize what it was. Truly a testament to the transient nature of human culture and civilization. Mother Earth can very quickly cover over our clever industriousness.