A quick painting from my new years live stream, more Elementalzzz for the masses.
Now for some of that classic technical stammering, if not completely related to this image.
Elementals skilled in the Mass discipline of shield manipulation are able to apply forces to the materials around them. The combat application of this ability is often limited to defense against solid projectiles and making close range attacks.
In the desert or any location with abundant loose and light materials, top ground layers can be almost explosively forced up, creating a small artificial sand storm. Caught in the open against numerous forces, this decision to change the playing field can aid the Elemental in switching from a defensive ranged stance to an up close melee.