I haven't even started on the right side of the dragon, but I have finished tackling the multiple strands/varieties of seaweed on the left. I have chosen different patterns/color changes in both the original painting as well at thread. I get bored easily so why wouldn't a viewer?!?!
Some variety in color added 'between' the quilted furrows seemed to work here too. I often say.." I know I'm done painting when I finally quit!" It's not terribly uncommon that after quilting is done, I make minor adjustments or more importantly take advantage of the texture created by quilting.