I thought you might like to see how I work-up my paintings. I normally apply a slightly diluted wash to the paper first. It's not revolutionary – plenty of artists do it – but I find this process helps overcome that initial fear when presented with a blank piece of paper, and provides a key to work to. I then paint some of the darker areas. Subsequent opaque layers are applied in a hit-and-miss fashion, thus allowing the colour underneath to show thorough. I like the roughness of this process.