Commissioning a painting
Every picture, being a genre painting or a portrait, is the result of patient work which requires careful planning and time. When I start painting the picture on the panel, the former has already been completely planned in every its detail. From that moment, every day will start with me grinding the pigments into oil colors, in the exact quantity for a painting session.
I refuse to use industrially prepared colors and canvases. I import from Italy and the old regions of Flanders and Holland raw materials of the highest degree of purity, from which, according to the recipes of the Old Masters, I prepare oil colors, painting mediums, panels to paint pictures on. The Work of Art should be perfect in every its aspect, so it is necessary for me to have the complete control over every single element of it. Though the time necessary to paint a picture largely varies according both to its kind and its size, due to technical reasons like the time taken for the priming of the panel and the practical execution of the painting, at least several months are required.