I’m working on a new book. It’s a simple book, which makes it complicated for me. The pains of editing effect illustrators as much as writers. The theme is pretty basic ..yet extraordinary, so how do I portray these things in a way that also celebrates them? To simple, and they seem unimportant…to complex and the subject is lost. I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks now. While on the bike, I thought I came up with something perfect. Adding a textured/crackled background would give it a very different look while keeping the subject from being overwhelmed. I usually use this really cool crackle stuff but of course, I was out. I couldn’t find the same product and decided to try a different one. The effect wasn’t the same. Instead of looking antiqued and aged, it looked run down and dumpy. I’m going to paint it again after I find the correct crackling agent. It’s so frustrating but I will get it right!!!