I have been drawing and painting since early childhood. I received a BA in art but spent my working years as a professional geographer. I now find myself disabled, but with plenty of time to produce art. When I draw and paint, the pain falls away and I am present in the piece.
When I started working more regularly at drawing and painting, I realized I was still using the traditional palette of color. As I started adding more of the vivid, acid pigments available, I began to use those pigments in their full intensity. I had been relying on white blended with the traditional color palette in a quite high-key manner. I find I am getting much more pop to the finished work with the full intensity pigments.