Finally got to work in my studio a bit this evening. Working more paint into the helmut and shirt of the central figure and the background figures near him. The foreground players determine the values and muted colors needed in the background as I want the center figure to be predominant or the focal point. To me, the contrasts, shapes and values of the light and shadows are intriguing as they are what creates the form. One of the biggest hurdles has been getting the paint fluid enough for fine lines. I am using linseed oil and M. Graham Alkyd resin medium with no turps. Another thing, is the conscious effort I am making to not "pat, pat" the paint which can lead to mud and too blended areas.