I generally like to paint without backgrounds, letting the portrait speak for itself. However, I was unsettled about this painting, partly because the head was lost, although I was so attracted to his wings. I will admit I struggled with the background over the course of days. I believe I am happy with it now.
I won't vouch for the success of it, but I learned from a mentor and critique class when I lived in Atlanta, how to critique our work. It was so invaluable. It is amazing how much our feelings about the painting mean something and that we have to discover what it is that will make us happy about it. Often it is a matter of walking away and upon return we are able to see what is 'off'. Then we hope we can correct it!
Day 7 of the 30in30 challenge. One week down. "Only" 3 more to go! I have at least 5 paintings planned out, and will need to start deciding what else I'd like to paint for the remainder of the time.