I am an alla prima painter, painting from start to finish without benefit of drying time between applications of paint. I work only one piece at a time. This is very different from most oil painters who have many pieces going at once allowing them to dry between work sessions. I feel it makes me more spontaneous and allows for colors to mix on the board as well as the palette. It is also very helpful for painting en plein air as well.
Often while working on a painting I will have a whole string of ideas run through my head which are related to that painting and others that could follow along the same line. The outcome of this is a series. I have piled up goods from junk sales, thrift stores, and garage sales and painted a series known as Jumble Sale Treasures Series. One series is old trucks in various situation painted with enhanced color to appear more dilapidated than they really are. Another series, now in its second round of ten paintings, is the Doors of China Series. For one gallery I created a show of all sky paintings called The Sky is the Limit.
When it comes to color, I like lots, but you wouldn’t know it to look at my palette. The paintings for the most part are very colorful, but I usually only squeeze out three or four colors when I start and seldom add more. I like to use pure color and seldom mix more than two together, trying to keep the colors brighter. My paint box probably has about 40 tubes of paint and I do vary the colors I choose, but I seldom use more the 5 in a painting, obtaining all the hues by mixing those. I NEVER use black. All the darks are mixed from color. My philosophy is that black kills any color with which it is mixed. Just an idiosyncrasy of mine.