I have masked my two main subjects while a paint the background. Yes, I do get through a lot of masking fluid doing this but it applying it allows me to focus on the background without having to worry about preserving any key whites on my subjects because sure as anything if i don't a splatter of paint will fall on just the wrong spot :)
As you can see I have finished about half of the background. I decided to keep it fairly true to the reference in content as the old style workshop will help create the atmosphere I am aiming for but I have altered the colour palette and am using the quin golds, burnt orange and transparent brown oxide glazed with layers of indanthrene blue to create the darks.
Can you guess what the woodcarver is making?