sorry i missed a few replies here. It seems my "email alerts" have not been doing their job over the past week.
anyway, thanks for the great discussion and help here.
Ron: - I am off to bunnings again today to get some Masonite. I intend on doing two copies of the painting. One on the MDF (Which is now sealed and gessoed) and another on the Masonite.
Yes for the 'recreation side of things Oak panels would be better. Love to get my hands on some. Perhaps i need to do three copies.
I have found that the first layer of "paint and turp mix" that i used to tone the MDF seems to have sunk a little?? so trouble shooting perhaps my 4 layers of gesso on primer is not enough, or the gesso isn't good enough quality (there was a thread about that recently) Or perhaps now once i start painting it will all be good.
you can see it in the photo below. IT's on the black easel to the left.
On a side note -
I have started to create a "studio corner" in my garage. I have no other place to go in the house. I was painting outside. Which is beautiful and in fresh air, but it is getting cold. My paintings were getting to 3 degrees over night and not doing them any good i would say. So i had to come inside. This is all the space i am allowed. It took me 6 hours yesterday to clean out the garage enough to get this space.
I am going to get my husband to put up a rail so i can rest my pictures on the wall behind the desk not on the desk ( yes EVERY one of them is wet.) I also need some better lighting and a fan. I am not intending on using mineral spirits in here either.
I also have the space to set up the still life on the dark desk to the left. Which hopefully i can light as needed. I am going to start looking at lighting shortly. No doubt i will trawl the other boards for help with that! need the Aussie names for the things that i need.
anyway here is the new studio and the MDF board with the Madonna and child on the black easel
anyway off to bunnings today. I will enjoy painting both copies of the painting. And It will be good to see the difference. Besides it was totally acceptable to paint two copies of the same painting....