I stretched these canvases myself – with a heavyweight canvas. I added drink coasters for texture then gesso-ed them and coated them with a Martha Stewart interior latex paint called Milk White. Borders and straight lines, as well as a cat stencil ( the same one I used in the paper collages) completed the compositions. Oil paint and collage materials completed the paintings.
I love their airy quality. Oh, and my friend Syracuse artist Michael Moody gave me a bundle of old Scrabble pieces and I configured the text only from those letters. I only had about three As and an H left over, I think! That was fun because it made using game pieces part of the game and yet I feel that each painting has a strong element of self-portrait to them, as though the words were meant to be discovered. They really represent my personal conflicts as I approached the new millennium. The 18″ x 36″ canvases are $500; the 30″ x 30″ ones are $675. I framed them with pine slats nailed to the sides, gallery style.