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The finishing of your work is very important. All sides or areas of the piece deserve attention. They should all be sealed against the elements and finished against the elements. Never leave the back of a piece not done. It is not only unsightly but also unhealthy for your painting. If you don't finish the back, time and the elements will attack your painting from behind and ruin the work in years to come. Do the back to match the front: Same basecoat colour or contrast colour. Apply as much varnish here as on the front too!