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.

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