I've caved and bought Oil paints!
H2Oils to be exact, since I really do not want to mess with turpentine indoors, and I think I'm in love.
Man, it's SO much easier to blend and soften edges!
Canvas board (30x40 I think), acrylic (slightly sloppy since I was pretty sure the first attempt would be an epic FAIL...) underpainting, and 3 layers of oils so far.
I slightly messed up near the nose (rubbed half dry paint, not good) but I hope no one will notice.
Reference picture is visible and as you can see not very big (and a bit grainy too), normally I'm really picky about my reference pictures, but this old Diever-doggie passed away recently, and belonged to friends (who don't know I'm painting him..I actually don't think they know I paint at all. So I hope that they'll like the package that they'll be getting in the mail, and I hope I didn't send them the link to my DA account, but I'm pretty sure I didn't.)
Also in the picture: pallet, empty jam jar with water, linseed oil.
So, bunch of layers need to be added, as I'm simultaneously figuring out the best way to do things in H2Oils.
I can really clean my brushes with water and soap, but as I just tried out, I can also use linseed oil to thin the stuff (which is how I made the finer hair details in the coat).
And in my case the much longer drying time - compared to acrylics - isn't really a down side either. It takes about 5 days for 1 layer to dry enough to paint over.
Does anyone know how long I need to wait and let it dry, before I spray it with varnish (when it's finished)
Last but not least a big thank you to all the DA-ers who were generous with their advice