Today I've been painting backgrounds for an illustration that will bring together one of my girls and some new black work sketches. I'm returning to a sleeping figure for this piece. I'm not sure why I'm drawn to dream scenes so much given that I find sleep to be a huge inconvenience to the business of living, but there is something perennially alluring about deep and naked relaxation.
It was good to put paint to paper again, which I hadn't done for a while, and without the pressure of it being a piece of art in its own right. Using it as a background also means I can justify using all sorts of paints from decent acrylic to craft-grade. I was mainly concerned with capturing a bit of gentle movement, fresh colours, and the feel of a blurry dream-scape, knowing that I would upload it, adjust it and change it around before using it in the final piece.
You can see my final illustration 'In the Fields' on my home page here, as well as some of the black work sketches :)