So today I got to experiment with my new brushes and the Michael Harding medium.
First I painted the four lioness ladies, using the soft brushes on a board to which I had applied a layer of burnt sienna.
The paint flowed much better than previously and I was fairly happy with the result. But I was itching to try the medium.
And this is the result - much more painterly and flowing, generally just managed to control the paint better. Using the dark background that I'd prepared a few days ago also let me really concentrate on the lights. Definitely and improvement!