The background is finished. Sorry about that glare. The blue was still wet when I took this photo. I have learned something since we last spoke . . .
Here is a detail from the thing. As I said, the blue paint is still wet. The brown paint is dry of course. See those little white flecks in the brown? The only leftover paint that I could find on this place was latex. When the glops of latex dry, little fissures develop in it letting the white base show through. For that reason I would suggest that when you do your own action painting, you use enamel. (You would never get valuable tips on a project like this from Martha Stewart.) As for me–as did Peewee Herman when he fell off his bicycle in front of the little girl–I shall just say, “I meant to do that.”
Although I know that you are amazed at this background, I can tell you that it was a piece of cake. Now comes the hard part, however. I shall next apply the yellow. Instead of whipping it on with a brush, I intend to drip it on with a stick. It is a tense situation here as I type this. I have studied the composition and studied it some more trying to put together a plan for the yellow. After I drip that yellow on, this thing will either be a work of art or a piece of junk. We shall see.
More about my ultimate intentions for the piece later.