indicationofart Another idea that just came, you may apply liquid clear in halves, for example you do upper part and you apply it there, when you move further down you go and apply it for the second half of the painting. You always can go with pure linseed oil if liquid clear continues misbehaving and see how that will work out. You can try to get liquin original as your medium and try to paint with it. However it might be a bit stressful in the beginning while you figuring out what works for you, but it dries quite fast and reduces overall drying time of the painting. Please do share how your troubleshooting is ongoing, I am sure you will figure it out.