Given my lack of activity here and on boards I used to actively post on I considered shutting my blog down. As of now I'm going to keep it up and just post when there's something worth posting. My painting of the Continental in the hunting shirt took a nosedive when I added a background. The colors made the uniform pop out but it just looked too surreal a setting. It was like placing a historical figure in a fantasy setting. It's a bit of a shame as I liked how the white of the uniform was turning out for the most part. The plan is to now do the figure with some background fading out around the figure. This should look better than just painting a white uniformed figure on a stark white board. after laying in the base colors for the figure I used liquid mask to block out the figure so I could add the initial background color. The mask easily comes off with an eraser or by rubbing your finger over the masked surface. The next step is to start adding some color.