Having had some nice emails and pm's, I thought it would be fun to show another piece from start to finish...this one will have a squid in it (I can see it now, but it will show up to all of you prior to the end)...
Starting out with a piece of hardboard (masonite, smooth) I prime the surface with my own mix of gesso:
After coming up with the initial idea, I use a series of washes to lay down the beginnings of the backround colours:
inbetween layers of pigment thinned down with clear acrylic (this is called a glaze), I dry the paintings on a table with a 75 watt lamp...too hot and you will blister the surface ! (note the stranraer off to the side, drying also):
It takes a lot of work/time feeding 20 colossal squid - I'm going through 1 submersible, 20 students, 40 penguins and 80 cows each day! Do you know how hard it is to muster 80 cows each night, under the cover of darkness, and to shepard them through the university, then conceal them in my office?