Thanks Ali for taking the time to put all your thoughts down for me, I really do value your opinion. I too wish I had a figure like that, its definitely in no way a self portrait
When it comes to the background I am unsure how much success or failure it is at present because of the way I work.
I have to work one small portion at a time and so I won't be able to fully judge colours and values till I've worked on it all
. I have tried the all over approach but I just can't work that way, I wish I could but I can't, I find it paralysing.
I may not succeed at all in what I'm trying to achieve which is a sort of grotto type effect, showing some distance but also quite an enclosed place. I've chosen quite cool greens for the background and I'm hoping it will all balance up when I do all the warmer foreground. As I said at the beginning this really is a huge experimental voyage of discovery, so
. Hoping to do some more this weekend.
Thank you again Ali.