|Late August in Horse Gulch - 16x12"|
pastel on black Strathmore paper
This is the view along the nearby trail system area known as Horse Gulch, and specifically, along a trail known as the "Meadow Loop". It overlooks a sweeping view of sage, grasses and chamisa, and slopes up to a hillside of Gambel oak, pinyon and juniper.
It was in the low 90's when I went up in the mid-afternoon yesterday to start painting, and the sun was intense. But, the light has a different quality to it - it is around this time that we start to notice that. I had a bit more work to do on it when I got back, but it was too late to photograph it until this morning.
We are heading up to the Piedra River in a little bit for Wayne to do more fishing and of course I am bringing along my painting gear, though I have no idea what I'll paint today.