Back from Cumbria and began working on stage 2 this afternoon. I'm liking the way it's going...I'm particularly happy with the ear!! I'm not going to do alot more to the painting, just add a little more definition here and there. I don't want to risk over-statement and lose the liveliness of the marks or the way the head seems to be emerging from the surface. One of the difficulties of making a painting is knowing when the piece is finished and not to go past that point when it becomes 'too' resolved and begins to die. Hopefully, this one will survive!!