I’m having some trouble with my canvas during this rough block-in. For some reason the texture is much more rough than it should be.

I’m covering the entire painting with a rough block-in that should go on smooth and make subsequent layers of paint go on even smoother. Unfortunately, I think the size of this canvas has changed how I apply the gesso which has resulted in a texture like sand paper. This is much more rough than I’m used to and hard to cover.

Continuing the Rough Block-in
Continuing the Rough Block-in

I may benefit from letting this layer of oil paint dry before working into the painting further. Although I don’t want to put the painting down for several days, I’m excited to keep working on it.

Continuing the Rough Block-in, detail


Continuing the Rough Block-in, setup



  • Session: 1521
  • Work: 1225
  • Width: 25"
  • Height: 19"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."