In my current painting, I knew it was going to need some of the background in order for the viewer to be able to make sense of what was going on. I just wasn't sure how much or how little I would paint. Today I slowly added the background in order to figure out what was needed.
|Here are the figures without any of the background added. |
As you can see, the boy looks like he's floating.
The boy's left hand and the man's right hand needs something to rest on.
|I added the rocks that the hands were resting on but it didn't seem to be |
enough. The boy's feet still needed "anchoring".
|Once I added more rocks around the boy's feet, it still didn't feel right. |
The space underneath the man's left arm seemed to empty. I figured if I
added some rocks there, it would feel more balanced and then the mesh net
would stand out more.
|It was starting to look better. The left side of the painting (next to the boy's right arm) |
still didn't feel right. It needed a little more rocks.
|I'm pretty happy with the background now. This is all still in the underpainting |
stage so there's plenty of work to do in order to solidify each form and
the rocks, but I'm happy with the composition now.