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Every other day I did a little on this painting, and would put it over the fireplace for a day or two to analyze. The challenge for me was 1) painting large, and 2) doing pastel on Arches 150 lb cold press paper with a watercolor painting on it (not much grit for the pastel to stick to); and 3) the paper had warped areas from the previous watercolor.
How I dealt with this was to tape it all the way around to the work board, and being more careful when applying pastel. You can't do big swipes across the paper when it is warped! So I had to do shorter and more carefully placed strokes. This can lead to tightness, but, oh, well. You can't have everything!
I supposed there are some areas I could tidy up a bit, but I signed it (because I'm done with it!) I'm generally very happy with this experiment. The complexity of expansive canyons is not easy. My hand and eye got lost in those canyons just like I probably would have in real life hiking them! I think it was a good exercise that I will benefit from when I do future canyon paintings.