Here is my start on the mermaid painting. I am a little bit stalled here. I'm not quite sure where I want to go with it at the moment.
Definitely some more shading on the body and tail, and I think I want the hair to wander out a little more.
Also definitely more contrast between the figure and the background.
It is really helpful to take a picture and evaluate-really helps to see the obvious!
Its a forest for the trees kind of thing! LOL!
Here is a close-up: