Since I paint so large I find it helps to sketch things out on big newsprint. I also use a projector to see what the composition looks like big. Sometimes I float when I am working – at least it feels like it when I’m doing it right. Most of my pieces take over a month to complete, actually it’s usually it’s closer to two months to finish the whole piece. I can see the ocean and the jungle from my studio, and it is a very peaceful place to me – except when it’s raining and too damp to paint on silk.