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05/13/2004: "Linen vs. Cotton Duct Canvas vs. Panel vs. ???"
Iím having this sort of painting crisis where I canít decide what surface I want to paint on. I like the idea of painting on panel (Masonite) but I have some issues with it. It seems no matter how many times I gesso the surface, it still soaks up oil paint too quickly, so it becomes more like painting with acrylic than oil. Also, When Iím working with a larger piece of panel, it sometimes starts to bow out, kind of warping from being wet (while gessoing) and Iím not sure how to correct for that either.
The canvas that I was originally so happy with (Vincent Masterpiece Masterwrap 12 oz cotton duct) has started to let me down. The surface has some weird patterns to it, the way itís weaved, and if you leave a canvas out without painting on it right away it loosens up and the canvas gets kind of indented where it touches the stretcher bars in the back.
Iím considering trying the Vincent Masterwrap oil primed linen, but Iíve never worked on linen before so Iím not sure what to expect. Itís kind of expensive and I have to buy in bulk to get affordable shipping so I donít want to order a bunch and then hate them.
So, Iím taking a poll, if you paint with oil paint, what is your preferred painting surface and why?