Buchanan Sunrise- CS102
On the third and final day of painting for the Burnet Art Festival’s Plein Air Competition, I was unsure where I wanted to paint, so I just headed up toward the backroads on the North side of Lake Buchanan. I took the long way around on Park Road 4, searching for inspiration that included enough room to pull my truck off on the side of the road. I saw a lot of beautiful locations, but there was not enough room to pull of safely to paint, so I kept driving the county roads and, eventually found myself on Rural Road 2341. The drive was absolutely gorgeous, but, there still was no place to safely pull off. I finally decided that I’d had enough, so I would just give up looking and head back home. I began looking for a place to turn around, and I saw that the road appeared to end at a gate up ahead of me and thought that would be a good place to loop around and head out. When I reached the gate, I saw that it said “Canyon of the Eagles” on it and that it was a park/nature preserve. I had heard the name before, but never knew where it was, so I decided to go in and check it out. I made my way to the park office and asked the lady inside about scenic places to paint. She pointed me to the overlook behind the office, so I walked over to take a look. The view of the lake from the top of the cliff was breathtaking! I had stumbled upon (or had been lead to) my painting spot for the day! I had a great time painting at Canyon of the Eagles and met a lot of really nice people who walked over to see what I was doing.