Often after spending hours on an area of a painting I will become dismayed. It just doesn’t work. Out with the turps and cloth and off with the work. Sometimes in doing so I am left with ghost images that speak to me. As in abstract painting. The rocks in this piece are being stubborn. I want to give them life but not so much as to take away from the boat. My work is known for it’s deep surreal shadows and highlights. I need the rocks to have the same sense of mystery as the boat does but not compete with the light. At this stage they are too dark for my liking. Some highlights are necessary. So…On with the background baroque or easy listening and out with the brushes.