|Face blurred because I don't have parental permission yet.|
The abstractness of the background was pretty reasonable. I liked the interplay of the different Layers and how the color of one came through the Layers above it. The poofs of color that you see as pink started out as the gray color seen in the stripe on the shorts. It’s comes from the sunlit area below the shadow of the arm. It brought the mood of the image down to a more sullen tone. With that particular Layer selected, a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer was added. The Colorize checkbox was clicked “On” and the Adjustment Layer was Clipped to the Layer being worked on. (Layer/Create Clipping Mask) With that combination of steps, the Hue of the gray Brush strokes could be altered independently of the other colors. Rather than gray, the Hue was brought down to a pinkish tone. I felt that better suited the female athlete.
One of the keys to making an “artwork” piece like today’s image is to keep things as flexible as possible. Rather than piling up all the Brush strokes (actually dabs) on one Layer, it’s often better to place a few strokes on one Layer and then add more dabs of the same color and shape on a second (or third, or fourth) Layer. The greater number of Layers, the greater flexibility can be had creating the density that is appropriate to the image you’re trying to develop.
The big deal is play and stay flexible.