The other day someone asked if I could share how I paint the background on my artworks.
Well first of all, they all vary depending on what the artwork is and what sort of feeling I want to create. It's a combination of colour, texture and a careful balance of how much detail to put in as it can often lose it's impact if there's too much going on.
There have been times I've spent hours painting a beautiful background which looks stunning on it's own and then I put the top layer over ( the paper cut) and not only is all the beautiful detail lost, but it can actually ruin the artwork. So I feel very self conscious in sharing these images of what appears to be a less than perfect painting but once you see the finished effect, you will understand.
It really is a case of separate pieces coming together to create a beautiful whole.