I add a second layer onto the background. I was laying on paint rather heavily, but it kept drying on me before I could do a good blending job. I combated this issue with adding more solvent and consequently, more texture, but there are still parts that stick out. I will have to add greater contrast to the merman (especially the pipe) or the background so that he isn't disappearing completely into the blue in some places. Or, I could change the tint of the blue, but I think I should be working on adding more depth to the merman either way.
"Apple of my eye."
"Her face was a barren landscape of sorrow, parted by rivers of tears."
"Alice was thrilled when her idea began to bear fruit." That is a hamsterberry bush if you were wondering.