Re: Palo Duro Impression.
Very nice! I like the boldness of your color choices and brush strokes. Nothing timid here, something I'm struggling with. The only suggestions I have are that, to me, it's a little too "busy". I think that if you softened the background & foreground-by decreasing the value or losing some of the edges-the eye would be drawn more to the structure in the midground.
One thing I am trying to learn from James Gurney is what he calls shape-welding, which ties little shapes together into larger shapes of similar value, saturation, etc. as I understand it. It really seems to ensure the area of intended interest is emphasized in a pleasing way.
The more I look at your painting the more I like it. That's a great accomplishment, I think.
Doug (the NC one)