Painting each dot individually takes as long as it takes, they’re all different in size, shape and color, and all applied freehand using a fine brush onto aluminum. There are no shortcuts.
The great drawback with the technique, one that is a constant detriment to Paul’s health, equates to simple physics – the paintings have to be produced horizontally. In order for the paint to stay still long enough to dry where it should, Paul’s aluminum ‘canvas’ cannot be positioned upright on a traditional easel, as gravity causes the paint to sag and run.
Paul has tried several devices over the years to allow him to paint horizontally – from lying on a plank supported on two chairs, to a hammock suspended above the floor. None of them have been perfect, and none have permanently removed his need for weekly sessions at the back specialists.
Due to Paul’s technique, each piece took hundreds of hours to complete, to paint a full image made up of individual dots.