You're Welcome John! Thanks for your comment (btw Sir was my grandfather, please call me Ton-Ton, everyone does).
So... as you have mentioned Acrylics can be a pain as they dry too quick (sometimes I wet the canvas with some water - or one of those gardening spray bottles so as to quickly blend acrylic hues together)... I found an acrylic gel retardant (to be honest used it just once) that helps in breaking up a little the binding property of the paint, making it to dry a bit slower than normal (one has to be careful not to "cake" the pigment)
With Oil, it depends on the weather and how thick the paint is. I had paintings which dried in about 2 weeks, and others which took from 3-8 weeks (I place them in front of a dehumidifier most of the time). The varnish you use also adds to the drying process, spray varnish takes less time to dry (as it is an even layers of coating) 2-3 days mostly... liquid varnish, takes longer - in fact the stipulated drying time for it is "months"...
Dry brush with oil, thin layers take less to dry (unless you want blending of the different strokes of colour, you'll have to wait for one layer to dry before adding another) ... My advice: the beauty of using Oil paints is the actual malliability of the medium and the possibility of achieving soft blendings and adding fine details over dried layers... I wouldn't advise you not to experiment with a dry-brush in oil, as experimentation is always pertinent to your development as an artist - but personally I feel that this technique would be ideal when you have a quick-drying medium (like acrylic or enamel)
here in Malta the weather can be quite humid and warm, so it can work against you (especially if you have a deadline)
Come to think of it, you can coat the base with a Ghesso ground, so that this would absorb a little the binding of the paint. Ever wondered you can use a acrylic for the sketchy preliminary and work on the blending, shading, details with oil paint over the acrylic?! What I found great with both Oil and Acrylic, is the addition of a second medium, once paint has dried (pastel, pencil, paint-markers, over them - best to use Spray varnish over them though)
Personally, I had bought 3 tubes of oil paint... at first I was skeptical... used them on wood, made a mess... but after 2 tryouts, I bought more and never looked back (I still use and will continue to use, other media mind you) ...
Hope this helps, Looking forward to see your development and more of your work.
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