Stage 1... This is where I often have the most fun. I start off with my acrylic paint very diluted so it works almost like watercolour and I work very quickly, slopping the colour on, picking out the shapes and arranging my composition. I build up the layers using the transparency of the dilute mixture. In the next stage I will apply the paint more thickly so it is opaque in places and then in the final stages of the painting I will once again use glazes of colour to unify and harmonise.