I realize that this painting is not even halfway finished but I thought it would be good to get some suggestions / comments before I go too far. A flowering tree will be behind the woman's head. I not sure how I should treat the rest of the background. Any suggestions? I just started with the her fan and much detail has to be done with her dress. She will have a shadow over her face, as the light is coming over her left shoulder.
The painting is 14"x30", oil on Claessens portrait linen.
Thanks, keep smiling and do not hesitate to be direct about improvement suggestions.