Roughing in the background can be a guessing game. Do I just paint the background baobab, or continue to the bottom of the piece? This time I opted to paint to the bottom to get a feeling of the color palette. I will adjust it as the the painting progresses, but now I have a sense of the painting's color choices. Some of my decisions have been made, such as the color of the background hills (grayish blue), the background trees, and the splashes of light. These choices will dictate some of the colors in my main tree.