After spending all day on the background I have decided that it is too intense...needs to be lightened. I blurred out some of it but still too strong. I am, however, going to wait until I work more on the figure and the shawl before I do any more on the background. I have been putting more work into the hydrangeas piece also but set it aside the day before yesterday. I can't face all those tiny petals just now. Anyway, the Venetian Red in the background is very potent and just seems to get into everything so I'll probably get back to the florals tomorrow. Until that red dries I will risk smearing it into the figure and I don't need that frustration. It has been very nice actually looking forward to getting out to the studio every morning instead of feeling out of sorts about what to do while I'm out here! Spending some of my time doing yard work I think actually helps too. I even hung the hummingbird feeder out today! No sign of them yet but I remember last year they came earlier than I expected so I want to be prepare to welcome them. We can almost wear our light weight jackets outside now and everything is budding. It has seemed a very long winter.
Once I get these four paintings completed I can get back to the model-in-a-box work I started...it seems ages. Not doing any outdoor shows this year. I just want to concentrate on a few paintings and not worry about venues.