"Jim, your spot on. But there is more wrong with those poles than you mentioned. Line up with mountain tops, divide caved in equal thirds,Etc. Thanks for checking the picture out. Keep on painting, ERNIE>"
"I really like this except for one LITTLE thing... the power pole and that mountain top are aligned a little too perfectly. (Sorry, very minor thing, but it caught my eye, and I can't stop looking at it...)
The rest is wonderful!"
Hi Ernie, thank you for your friend request. It is my pleasure to be your painting friend. I like your arts very much and you have very special style. I wish you the best to create lots more arts in your future.
Ernie, thanks; I'm glad the blogs are helpful. My favorite surface to paint on is a textured panel. I have been quite happy with 1/8" MDF from OSH; it comes in 23 3/4" by 47 3/4" sheets and I cut these to 9" by 12" and 11" by 14" panels on my table saw (6 per sheet with some scraps for small panels). I texture them with Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso using a beat up 2" house painting nylon trim brush. I then paint the back with acrylic and use a single coat of Gamblin Oil Ground on the textured side applied with a foam roller (hardware store trim roller). The oil ground takes 3 to 7 days to dry. I have hard no warping with these. If you don't have access to a table saw, the Ampersand 1/8" hardboard panels work well but cost a lot more. Since I'm an inveterate "DIYer", I just consider this part of the art project. The perfect brush and the perfect tube of oil paint are still out of my grasp; maybe that's why I have so many brushes and tubes of paint. I do know that brush miles are more important than any art materials for improving my paintings. Stu