Horse Gulch is the name of the amazing area of open space, all public use, that is a block away from where I live. In an article in the Durango Telegraph - a free weekly magazine - it described the Horse Gulch recreation area as "Durango's Central Park". It's got 30 miles of trails that run through a small valley filled with sage, wildflowers and scrub, and surrounded to the east by a series of mesas.
A few weeks ago, I went on a trail run up the old road that goes along Horse Gulch itself (a small creek that parallels Raider Ridge to the west) and brought my camera. Monsoon clouds were in abundance, adding to the picturesque views of the land.
There's no doubt that Horse Gulch will be visited regularly as far as subject matter - it instantly became a favored location, and its proximity to our place makes it an easy access if I wanted to bring a small plein air set along.
After finding success in improving the surface of the Canson paper, I decided to try it on the Artagain. The result was that it dramatically improved the paper's ability to both layer and blend, and here is the result. Since I really like working on a dark/black surface, I'll be doing this for all paintings I do on Artagain. The paper still has its limitations, and I'll probably not use it for paintings I think are going to be "keepers", but that could change as my painting skills continue to improve.
"Skies over Horse Gulch"
9x12" on Strathmore Artagain