oil painting acrylic gouache water-colour collage drawing
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Amongst my favourite activities is to spend a whole day mixing palettes of dozens of colours made up from 4 or 5 tubes. These can then go into a freezer in the studio and will last almost indefinitely. I much enjoy the precision with which colours can be mixed, knowing that they will not change as they dry, and that when I start to paint I shall have a wide range of subtly varied nuances to choose from. Then comes the pleasure of playing them off against one another.
I also relish the varied texture of the paint, from thick and creamy, to dry or very wet and thin, sometimes used over the top of textured gesso, or shellac ink and washes of acrylic.
Recently I have been experimenting with using gesso along with collaged materials, often in watercolour with ink, under the oil.
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