Backgrounds. I’ve never liked them. Like I said before, backgrounds are boring. Maybe it’s because I spent so many years just drawing with pencil or Conté crayons, concentrating on just the main image. Somehow that seems fine for a simple drawing, but it doesn’t work so well on painted images.
So, I always end up with the same dilemma. I never quite know how to how to deal with the background, especially in a piece like this. The main image is completely painted, but if I do a watercolor wash for the background, I risk having it bleed into the main image and ruining it. I probably should actually paint the background first. Why don’t I think of that in the beginning? It’s likely that I’m so impatient to start that I want to jump right in to the fun part. Ah, well. Maybe when I grow up, I’ll be able to think more maturely and do my backgrounds first — kind of like eating your vegetables first so you can have dessert later.