Preparation: The Secret to Good Work

I prepare my composition first.  This usually takes a number of small sketches in pencil in a workbook so that I have a good plan of the scene, after which I usually make a small colour sketch.  This means that I have a good idea of what colours I will use for the final piece, although it can often change while I am working.

The challenge when you are creative – whether that’s through painting or any other means of expression – is not rushing preparation. The creative mind races to the finished product, and it takes some discipline to slow down and take the time to put in the groundwork.

I always work in oils for the final painting. Modern oil paints came in a variety of types. Some dry fast, that is very useful when painting outside or in a hotel room!