Trying to have the patience to paint backgrounds.
Yeah, I'm not into backgrounds either. When your figures are interesting enough to look at, like these are, I don't think your viewers will notice.
Wow... It's really great work. Though the watercolor give a delicate impression, it seems a little grim... The owl looks so realistic, and children's faces are just perfect. I don't know why, but this painting actually remembers me Scandinavia...
The two children look so sombre, lol.
I know exactly how you feel about those pesky backgrounds. Great faces on those kids.