Here's one i started on bradford st. in provincetown today. was using a panel that had texture (like a weave) and really didnt like it. i love my gessoed masonite panels and seem to be able to push the early layers around alot easier than on this "thirsty" panel. this thing reminded me of my old sign painting days when i would try to save a buck and buy a really rough piece of plywood. then i'd try to letter really small, ornate lettering on it. like trying to letter on a piece of toast.
that leads me into todays lesson-Use the same materials everytime.
Painting outside is hard enough when its cold (like today), when its hot, when the bugs are biting, when the tourists are bothering you, and on and on, so why make life any harder? Changing panels, paint, brushes, thinner, painting setups etc etc. just throws huge variables into the painting experience that could potentially go horribly wrong.
Why have the paint slide around like a BP oil slick on your canvas panel because you thought it would be neat to try out this new product. Why have your brushes feel like youre painting with a whisk broom becuase they were on sale for half the price of the ones you love? you see the reasoning.
Sure, try out new products to see if you like em but dont make the mistake i did once. i bought some cheap brushes and threw out the worn out ones i like before going on a long painting trip on Bald Head Island. the brushes i took sucked bad! they only held up two painting sessions before flaying to the point of absurdity and being totally worthless. used the two up i had in four days and had to keep using them for the other seven i was on the island. i muttered under my breath the whole week. not worth the few bucks i saved for sure.
so dont try out new products when youre out there trying to paint. its hard enough already