This gouache has been unfinished for two or three months, left out of sight and unresolved. With most of the oil painting complete I turned to it again and made a few revisions that seemed to correct it's shortcomings.
It is awash with body language, those apart are together, those together are apart along with sleep and newspapers. It is all very familiar and for that very reason, engaging.
The structure and colours are novel and that basic requirement 'tension' is present in the work, now signed off it is already with the framer.