The differences in the charcoal drawings, apart from their relative sizes, may seem subtle but are significant and all relate to how the objects fit and relate to the edges of the frame of the picture to create the right sort of tension in the image that I’m seeking. One only has a vague idea of this, and that’s what the drawing helps to work out. I’m still not entirely sure.
The smaller paintings that followed seemed to bring it all much more alive than the drawings, which I found myself having to unhappily muscle through.
The paintings were a further development. One painted on white, the other on a red ground. They both offer different possibilities. I’m still confused, but that’s ok. I enjoy being confused when it feels like you are in a creative place.