These canvases are each 8x10". The mermaid is painted on a round puzzle that I put together and painted. It is fairly thick (over 1/8"). Then I glued it to the painted canvas and affixed mica flakes to the edges. The fish collages are coated in thick, shiny resin. It is quite dimensional which doesn't come across well in the photograph.
The second canvas is paint, collage elements and encaustic. I've done a number of paintings referencing love letters. Several weeks after John and I first met he left for 6 months to work on a tuna seiner off the coast of South America. This led to a series of love letters passing back and forth between us that were eagerly anticipated and then treasured. In addition, I still have the scrap of paper with written directions to his house that I followed on my first visit to see him. I had blotted my lipstick on the paper before I knocked on his door; what precious evidence! That was nearly 28 years ago now. Sweet memories and all of them tenderly saved.