One of a few works in progress, this oil painting is on a 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide piece of hardboard, or masonite. Masonite boards are made of pressure-molded wood fiber and I use them frequently because they act as a sturdier painting surface than standard canvas or papers. I sand the 4 corners so they don't bend or chip and then prime both sides and all edges with acrylic "gesso" to ensure archival quality before applying paint. Typically my paintings are smooth and I paint very economically using thin layers of paint with added blending mediums to control drying times and the flow of the paint on the surface. However I will occasionally experiment with impasto(thick application of paint) to create texture in a painting. For this painting I am considering some use of impasto on the tall grass to the left and possibly on the bird itself to create a somewhat sculptural piece in the end. I may upload a few images of this one as it nears completion and another impasto painting I have started to show the difference in texture. Come back and visit my site often. There will be several new additions soon!