It was the inviting lead-in reinforced by overhanging paperbark trees either side which attracted me to this beautiful river scene. Using fast drying alkyd oil paints an initial block in of the main shapes was quickly established. A palette knife was then used to apply thickly textured paint everywhere. The fast drying properties of alkyd oils work well with impasto techniques like this as the paint quickly became tacky as it began to dry. This prevented my temptation to overwork areas, therefore colors and values remained fresh and clean throughout the painting which, in this hot Australian climate, was completely dry the following morning and ready for framing.