These images are done on a variety of surfaces, from watercolor paper, mat board, canvas or wood panels to streched canvas. I start with a gessoed surface and often add more texture with moulding paste, hair (my own), sand, twine or collage. If I use collage elements, I prefer to use panels or mat board. The first layer of paint could be multipule colors or a unifing warm or cool color. Sometime I outline the subject in a dark color or use color values to bring out the shapes. It is very helpful to start with big brushes and not get detailed.