Besides painting in muted tones originating from alternative primaries, I'm also focusing on varied brush strokes, and mass tones to suggest passages rather than reveal the entire story. Elements of abstraction are always present in a successful painting too. So many little things, all strung together create a painting. Do you sometimes marvel at the appearance of a pleasing image when you consider it all started with blobs of paint, a pure white board, and a couple of brushes. It's a story of the eyes ... the eyes teach me to paint. And I think sometimes, a little magic helps too.