What I do

The Cave

Building the background
I have decided to loose the foliage and strengthen the rocks around the cat. To do this I place a dark Ultra+Alizarn+Burnt Sienna glaze over the area immediately behind the cat. Whilst it is still tacky I go back with a thicker mixture of the same paints and paint the dark crevasses. With Yellow Ochre + a small amount of Burnt Sienna I block in the rocks around the cave mouth and work a little on the floor and the rock to the right of the cave. All this takes a little while to come right which is ok since it gives the glazes on the cat time to dry out. I've also established the position of the tail and this gets a glaze of Ultra. In the end I put the painting away for a couple of days to completely dry. Leaving the painting for this amount of time helps me to clear my mind of what's gone before and come back to it with a fresh eye.