I'm not sure about this one, either. But, I'm wondering how much it's the image, cuz the background's bothering me some here too. It doesn't IRL, though. I think maybe some of the detail in the mask got lost....maybe. Anyway, I'm going to let it sit and I'll brood on it awhile.
An option that I was originally considering was putting a border with a pattern in it along the bottom. But I let the idea go this afternoon because I thought it made tha background too interesting. What do you think?
It would really help if I had written down where these masks I'm doing came from. I was a dingdong, though, and I didn't think of it. I don't want to stick an African border on an Oriental mask, or visa versa........
No black, Zot....a bunch of Ultramarine Blue, though. It sort of looks like smoke is engulfing the mask. There actually are repeating shapes in the background cuz I used cellophane to pull paint up. Maybe that's why it looks so different here! You can't see the cellophane texture. Hmmmmmm..... I gotta brood.