When I researched the work of Jules Cheret for the 'Slice of Life' book a couple years ago I fell in love with his monochromatic style of background that both told a story about his subject and added atmosphere to the painting. I knew that one day, when the subject matter was right, I would use the essance of this style of background in a painting. It is ideal for 'Spinning a Tale' because through the background I can suggest her tale as she spins. Maybe I shouldn't have tackled one on such a BIG painting though. I've worked on it for two days now and only done one small section. Fingers crossed I speed up with practice. (click on the picture to see a larger version)
You you can see I have masked the woman and spinning wheel while I work on the background. It is such a big painting that I often have to lean over the bottom section while I paint and I wanted to keep the rest of the paper clean while I worked on this section.