I feel like I’ve lost something important from my blocking. It’s important to constantly evaluate the piece as a whole. The belly is now too ambiguous and not making a statement. I decide to repaint it entirely using the Flat brush I made. I paint the lighter underbelly back in, catching the light reflected off the water and re-establishing some of the lost scale patterns. I make sure that the lines and strokes define the form of the side and belly. Using pattern is a great way to do this, even without value. It’s a nice, large area to leave some expressive marks and also helps to keep the surface alive and painterly.