Haha, nice! I remember doing crazy stuff like that during ART 200. I put a dog head on a cop's body - that was one of my faves. Maybe that's what I should do for my backgrounds - use real images!
sure... you could totally incorporate images and make them look like painted images. I can show you tomorrow.
I did something similar for my zombie concept piece. I took images from cgtextures.com and put them together, worked on the lighting, added blur and then a filter or two. It looks pretty okay, I think :)
Marilyn you should post your zombie piece here in the lounge for critique. :0
Great job Raquel! It looks very convincing.