I was participating in a mixed media and encaustic class with one of my favourite teachers when a student asked how many layers of paint and collage were enough. Our teacher jokingly replied "40!" Even though she was kidding, there was some truth in that.
I don't always have a plan when starting a new piece. This one, titled Hopefully, eventually included a transfer of my great grandparents' house near Miscou Island in New Brunswick. Sometimes I do begin with a photo, but this piece has many layers and I wasn't thinking of the photo when I began.
The images here show some, but not all (!!!) of the layers in this piece.