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After squaring up the plan onto the panel, film colour runs in the scene. This is thin paint, but a strong enough mix with water to be permanent. It is all about building up several layers of colour to make a strong surface, rather than slap on just one thick layer of impasto paint. I'm really after making a strong picture, built to stand the test of time! Some gallery paintings are not very old but badly cracked. Beautiful paintings sometimes, but poorly crafted, which is a pity. The craft side of all this is life and death to me. I'm only self taught - where you pick it up as you go along. A slow but thorough way of learning. You need patience. Trying things out, looking at how others do it. It still looks a bit rough, but wait and see - it will all end up as clear as daylight.

- not as mud, hopefully!

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