Continued this painting. I expanded the canvas because I felt that it was a little cramped. Trying to get the right feel for color and texture in the background while maintaining the composition is.... hard. It's surprising how much of a difference the formations of leaf clumps in the trees affect the flow of the image.
I finally got my computer running, and the day i did I spent 5 straight hours painting because I was so deprived. I was scanning some more stuff to post on this blog including this plan for a painting, and I couldn't help it and started immediately. I'm trying to work on simplifying my shadows and putting contrast only in the areas of interest. Not done at all, I'm probably gonna set that background back a lot more, add a lot more detailing I think to their costumes, etc.