The work on my easel was annoying me! It’s a dark portrait with the subject in a corner of a pub of some sort. It might be in the past because the subject is carrying a sword. I didn’t want to add unnecessary detail but I wanted the background to be more interesting, so I’ve opted for texture. I’ve applied the texture with a fairly small pallet knife and modeling paste, and so far, I quite like it.

The background is largely made up using reference images from the Web, so I feel good about simply adding in whatever I want. The texture is subtle and that is what I want, it doesn’t interfere with the portrait subject and adds interest to the painting. I used Golden modeling paste and I just troweled it on using a pallet knife.