I start out intending a softly, softly approach, only to feel I need just a touch of a cadmimum here or there and pretty soon, whoops - there I go again! I can't resist the richness of oil colour - the sheer physicality of painting with a luscious red next to a vibrating green, an Alizarin crimson next to a Naples yellow - simply delicious!
And it is that vibration that comes about as a result of understanding how colours react one with another and layering them to achieve the ultimate glow.
By layering the paint, even whites will take on that extra quality. I have seen this in the work of the French painter Michel Steiner for example. Just look at this lovely study. Hardly any colour at all, a deceptively simple painting. But I know Michel and I know that his work is built up very gradually with many layers, allowing each to dry in between.
A lot of patience is required and the ability to have several canvasses on the go at the same time. I currently have 5 in various stages of progress! All part of my determination to build up colour in layers and perhaps less emphatically! Take a look at the colourful pieces on my web site and watch this space for changes!