The canvas has a nice rough texture too it. Great job on the coloring, I really love the way you use blues and yellows for the rock structures. Few people understand that there's all sorts of colors in desert and rock scenery.
I've heard of Devil's Punchbowl......never been there tho. Great great great that you are oil painting!!....can't wait to see your endeavors! Any advice I could give you?.......hmmmmm....well if you are already having fun, maybe YOU could throw some advice my way ....seriously tho, patience is definitely key. I tend to work on multiple oil paintings at once, each in it's separate state of drying, so that when I put down one to dry, there can be another one to immediately resume work on that is in a stage that has already dried. In other words stagger the pieces you work on. That's the best advice I can give right now. Oh....stretching your own canvases is a good idea too. It's cheaper for one, and it also lets you create custom size canvasses for what ever ideas you may have. All you need is gesso, raw canvas, stretcher bars and tacks. Multiple coats of gesso will give the canvas a smoother surface with each layer you apply, and the smoother you get the surface the more varied the end result will be. Linen is also a great fabric to use in place of canvas to by the way.
Thanks, Mike. I like the idea of staggering multiple pieces. I can see that you can only add so much before you have to stop until the next session. Give feedback on my new oil WIP if you have time. Thank you again for the advice. xoxo