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