Although I am primarily a spontaneous improvisational painter my paintings frequently begin with a realistic drawing to establish the basic content and composition.
This drawing is then loosely executed in acrylic paint to establish basic large shapes and further clarify the composition. Then the real fun begins. Layers of color and design details are intuitively added in response to the painting as it seems to develop a life of it's own. Personally carved stamps, stencils as well as found objects are used to create additional texture and interest.
The final steps are to critique composition and design details and when appropriate, apply a varnish that incorporates a system of Ultraviolet filters and Light Stabilizers for protection from UV damage.