We’re outsourcing the painting of this steed to Grandma, who is so skilled she shouldn’t be required to prime. So I did.
I have found that using a good, flat interior paint, light colored, is very effective. I sand the pine to 180, apply the paint, and then knock it down with 400 grit paper. the resulting surface is a delight to paint upon.
Next: Posing for the formal portrait.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"