lately i have been unable to work properly on paper and canvas due to my strokes and process becoming increasingly violent. industrial strength heat-guns and belt-sanders which i use for texture have been making quick work of my canvas supply.
so i'm thinking of using a more durable surface, and wood panels seems like a great alternative (although i'm open to other suggestions if anyone has ideas). i do not have a great deal of experience with painting and drawing on wood, but the idea of having the tactile quality and wood grain texture is very alluring to me. oregon has no shortgae of lumber yards and places for me to buy wood, but i'm unsure if there is a prefered type.
my main concern is the color of the wood, i'll need it to be something that i can stain with ink washes to eliminate all traces of hue. if i had to guess i would think something like an ash, aspen, or pine would be best, but again i have no knowledge of how well they accept (acrylic) paint, gesso, ink, etc.
is there a 'standard' wood that artists prefer for their wood panel paintings? does it make a difference, is it all just preference? what steps would i need to undertake t prepare the wood prior to use?
any and all information about even the most trivial suggestions would be appreciated.