Sometimes, the paintings I'm working on just scare me away for a while. After a few weeks distance from this one— the last time I worked on it was April 26th— I was able to approach it with a fresh viewpoint. Apparently all of my online research over the last few weeks has provided me with some good tips, and I used them this morning. For example: Zinc White is good for mixing with reds to produce skin tones.
So here's where things were just before I took a break— I lightened the color of the water around the figure, and applied color in different values to the back.