This painting of a favourite theme, West Coast waves, uses tissue paper on extra rough Fabriano watercolour paper for texture. Watercolour was applied wet in wet, incorporating water spray, salt and lifting techniques for the sky and soft spray areas….. working quickly as the wave energetically crashes over the rocks. I work more slowly and solidy on the rocks as befits the nature of those forms. Here I use the palette knife in parts creating even more textural effects and darks with sumi ink both applied with a brush and by dragging the ink stick, wetted, across the surface. I also used some drybrush and finally added sparkles by scratching and scrapping, pressing in soft artists pastel and flicking and dragging a little gouache. The final touch: using a broad very soft goat hair brush I painted a shadow diagonally across the lower left third, thereby increasing the sense of light on the spray due to contrast .This painting combines an acrylic underpainting including mica paste and modelling compound, overworked with oil paint sticks, encaustic and a touch of gold leaf.