Adding a little Lead White to the patches of mud prepares them for another layer that will make the surface feel more solid. The little pebbles that I did first have all taken a glaze of Raw Sienna that makes them appear like little lumps of gold. I’ll need to define and reglaze these to make them work properly, but it’s a good start.
I really must get to the Magician’s feet so that I can produce the surface that she’s standing on. Because she’s only had one layer of paint she’s feeling a little cut out, standing above the surface of the painting. I’ll add a shadow on the ground beside her, then when she’s had a few layers of work she’ll set back into the piece properly.