Working on this painting again today after making a few more drawings. It might be there now…in the meantime I came across some things that artist Frank Auerbach had said about his own work that seemed very appropriate. He said, ‘One wants immensely complex material, digested to such an extent that one can write it down as though it was one’s own signature, yet without losing the complexity of the material. That is what I see in all the paintings I admire. I want to do something that feels a hundred per cent specific. If it is not that it is just decorative. I also want to make something which, like Euclid’s theorems, is like some nugget of unrepeatable, unique knowledge or sense, a knot of invention, like a new geometrical structure. It must not be made with arbitrary formal components, but with specific, varied, unpredictable material…It has both to be architectural and to be receptive and sensitive. If it is not both things, it’s not art’
He also said, 'All good painting looks as though the painting has escaped from the thicket of prepared positions and has entered some sort of freedom where it exists on its own, and by its own laws, and inexplicably has got free of all possible explanations’
That all seems to be spot on to me!