Each piece is initiated with a simple charcoal value study. The substrate of the
painting is hot press watercolor paper mounted on board with ph neutral book binders
glue. The basic drawing is put down in charcoal, then sealed with Kamar varnish.
A series of watercolor washes are applied and built up gradually adding consecutive
layers of Kamar varnish making the underlying layers of watercolor impervious to
additional washes. Depending on the development of the painting, a layer of gouache
is applied by roller, then wiped back out in varying degrees. An acrylic gel texture
is applied with a 2 inch bristle brush roughly approximating the line contour of
the painting. After hardening for 48 hours the surface is sanded to a moderate degree
then a layer of acrylic varnish is added. After this dries, oil pastel and or gouache
is now applied. Kamar varnish is applied between these layers as well. After the
final layer of Kamar dries, two final layers of acrylic varnish are applied.