I think I'm starting to get a little hang of the clay surface. I remember seeing an article in a magazine about this father and daughter watercolorist team, and they painted in the most beautiful photoreal style. I don't remember their names!! Not that I want to paint like that, but I just remembered how they painted on the clay surface. They would coat the surface with a color, let it dry, then use a wet brush to take away the pigment, etc. I started doing that a bit and it help a lot. A bit more control. Anyways, painting on clay. What a concept.