When you look at my paintings you might think that I have envisaged a colour and placed it where I think it is supposed to be. The reality is that in my paintings each bit of it is made up of many layers of paint. If Harvey is a nice reddish brown, then I may start with a shade of yellow, add a shade of red, further layers of the same colour, or a different brown, and tweek the shadows with a shade of blue or purple. Sometimes I let the colours mingle while wet. Sometimes I let layers dry and put another on top. These thin layers of paint will shine through from underneath giving a lively finish quite different from one layer of colour. Needless to say it leads to a much longer amount of time to complete a painting and I can understand why it is difficult for someone looking at an image to imagine the time involved in the whole process.