This was done on a masonite panel which makes a smoother finish. I prefer canvas most of the time. This Russian Olive tree is out back by the irrigation ditch in our back yard. I did this a couple of weeks ago on one of the nice days we had between snow storms. Riley (our dog, not in the painting) and I spent about an hour out there, until I remembered we had seen a skunk lurking around there a few days before. That was when I decided it was time to pack it up. I finished the painting in the house.