I was unsure of how to feel about Eureka when I came into town. It turns out that it's one of the best towns I've visited. Both nights I went out to the historic district and met some really interesting people, Thats a story for another day though.
I set a personal goal that I would do 4 paintings that day, so i left my hotel at 6am, after having breakfast, I headed north. I had a few points of interest I wanted to visit but most of my time was spent turning off at random drives and discovering hidden areas of the landscape that I might have easily driven by.
My first painting of the day was done at the top of a sand dune looking over the salt marshes. I wanted to take the time with this first painting to really think about how I wanted to paint and experiment with brush strokes. It wasn't the most successful painting in the world but I learned a lot from analyzing.
The second painting of the day was done at Patrick's point state park, the Yurok Tribe had lived here once and there were all kinds of cool houses. I could have done two paintings here as I walked down to the beach, but the marine haze was still pretty strong, so I ended up sitting and playing in the sand for a few hours.
Painting two was by far the most successful of the days efforts, I revisited a beach that I had passed in the morning and it was completely transformed as the sun came out in the late afternoon.
After spending a couple hours there and walking about two miles in the sand, I was beyond exhausted , but I wanted to do four paintings so I took the scenic route and found an unlisted beach with about 3 parking spots. I pulled off and walked down the nearly vertical steps. I wanted to try something new, so I didn't take out my painting medium, left with only raw paint I slapped in on in a mad flurry.
Tomorrow I'll be heading to Crescent City!