I have just come across this discussion and am interested to know what type of paper you are using? In traveling through and painting for weeks on end in India three times, I used unstretched primed canvas.
More recently in England and Italy, I used 8-ply archival matboard, with several coats of prime. I find that using the latter really soaks up the oil quickly and the paintings dry realtively quick.
My issue has always been that I love textue in my work and find myself changing the way I paint, somewhat, if I don't have the drying time or the storage for the paintings with more texture.
Thanks for sharing your story here of early plein air trail and artists. Interesting.
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