This painting to me at least is something of an acquired taste. AT first glance the smoothness of it turned me off and I almost immediately closed it. But then I took a closer look and realised this porcelain texture is intentional so I explored it some more. The main figure looks very ethereal and after you get used to the glossy texture it's also very pleasing to the eye. However, the background shapes seem inconsistent with the figure itself, their texture seems out of place, like an unfinished collage (including the clouds in there, too). The forms and design look altogether fitting in any case, it's the textures, though that don't quite please the eye.
Sometimes we cannot see what's wrong with our own work, we can just feel something is not right but don't know how to fix it. I had this feeling that something in my textures were not right. It's like you said, i can handle the figure very well but the background and other objects just fall behind in quality, resulting in a lack of impact and visibility. I need practice and patience
You're very welcome. I understand perfectly what you mean, sometimes when we finish the main subject we feel that we're more or less done and investing more work in the background doesn't seem all that appealing. But you have some works with a really nice background work, particularly your girl-in-water pieces and your GF's portrait. I loved how you integrated asian style detailing, art-nouveau and realism there.