I am a freelance sculptor in wood. I use chisels, saws and other tools including photography, digital printing and the internet.
I photograph pictographs, marinescapes, ikebana, my own sculpture, and leave the files on my hard drive.
Then, I browse images on screen until one speaks to me.
Sometimes I work-up a notion in PhotoShop.
Often, I do nothing with it for a long time -- perhaps until another browsing trail leads me …
Acrylics on wood come through the light strained, even when mixed or blended. I've not tried painting wood in the dark.
I've tried electronic palettes in the Creative Cloud -- they gravitate toward an electronic idiom, such as you see in Character Design creations.
I've tried many stains, paints …