In recent years I have been working mostly in oils while in the studio. They offer rich texture and subtle color effects through layering and the wet-on-wet technique. Many of my oils depict scenes from my far flung travels.
Watercolors are justly prized for their transparency and spontaneity. Often I just give the paint an opportunity to do what it wants, with surprising results. When travelling I always take a small palette along to capture impressions of new places.
Pastels require layering, smoothing on colors upon colors, until the toothed paper can hold no more. Using this technique, artists achieve a soft effect, very appropriate for florals and that Mary Casssett impressionist look in portraits.