When I get ready to paint, I like to have the greatest possible freedom to concentrate on the artistic idea. Therefore I prepare canvas, paint, color mix, motive and workflow before I start. I get very disturbed if I have technical problems while I paint, therefore I do what I can to fix the problems before going to paint.
The parts of the process that are not part of my study but which are necessary anyway, I try to automate as much as possible. As an example, it is rare that color mixing by eye is a skill I need to practice on. Often, color mixing is just a time-consuming evil which are even very demanding what light conditions you are working under. That's why we developed Paint Maker where you can get the computer to calculate the color recipes precisely and under optimal lighting conditions.