Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is an absolutely HUGE swampy area in the extreme southern portion of Arkansas. One of these days I would like to take a kayak and go explore this place in greater detail, painting for several days deep in the swamp. I hope I wouldn't get lost but navigating this type of terrain is definitely out of my ken so maybe such a trip would be unwise.
The county seat of Union County is El Dorado. I had heard lots of great things about the town but it had been many years since I had been there. I had no idea just how cool of a town it was! I will be going back and painting El Dorado one of these days.
Here is a studio piece done from photo references collected during my southeast Arkansas trip. This was just a happenstance find. I was almost out of Drew County when I saw this flash of yellow across a swampy pond. I pulled as far off the road as I could and ran over and took as many pictures as I could without getting hit by traffic. Now, there wasn't a whole lot of traffic, but what there was traveled pretty fast!
This big one used my small plein air as it's study. This painting, along with "Carver, Buffalo National River," will be going to Hot Springs tomorrow for the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center's Diamond National Show. The opening for that show is this Friday night.
I have a couple more counties complete and two others moving along nicely. I should get around to photographing those two completed ones soon. If I can get the other two in process done before the end of the year, I will have met my goal of 20 counties in a single year!
But until then, here are couple of pepper paintings from 3 years ago. These three little jalapenos were straight out of my garden. The paintings were done a day or so apart and are the same 3 peppers. They were very fun and I really should do more still life I think.
I painted this one the same night as my Little Rock skyline painting. It was more than a little creepy painting this one in a very dark part of the park where I think people go for all manner of things at night. The moon was about 3/4 full and not providing nearly as much light as I expected. I have painted the covered bridge from almost this exact same spot before. My main goal here was to get the color and value to properly emulate the night and I think I did a pretty decent job. I will need to go back when the moon, weather and temperatures fall into place and do a more interesting angle.
I painted this nocturne of the Little Rock skyline en plein air a few weeks ago. This was done from Fort Roots which currently houses a VA location on top of a hill in North Little Rock. It is a common place for cyclists to come and get some hill climbing in town and a large group ride passed by me the night I was out there. I seem to be perpetually trying to catch up on photographing and posting work.
This one is from a few years back but I still like it. I had posted it to my other blog but I am going to slowly work to phase that out and delete it eventually. Sometimes, I get on a still life kick in the fall. I didn't happen this year because I was so intent of completing the works from my southeast Arkansas trip. These three leaves were from maple tree on the trail behind our house. I just couldn't resist trying to get these colors down.
There are some things I see here I would like to get back into my current work.