Trying something a little different here, in that I have taken a photo from the recent explore at the abandoned toolmakers in Sheffield and combined it with an older photograph of myself from the bandaged head series (used to create The Trick is to Keep Breathing). I was aiming for something vaguely disturbing and unsettling, with a surreal edge and a very illustrative feel, and am fairly happy with the end result, although towards the end of the work I found I couldn’t decide if it was finished or not. When this happens to my Mother (a landscape painter) she will put aside the painting for weeks, until she can look at it with fresh and more objective eyes, but I also remembered her advice not to overwork a piece, that there has to come a cut-off point when one decides to just stop and not ‘fiddle’. Made the decision at bed time last night that it was done, and here it is.
Any feedback would be very welcome.