or, how do you know when to stop? I like the life in the first two. It feels like I start to paint the life out in the next two. It is easy to overwork the painting I am focused on if I don’t have another that I can turn away to. That gives me a space where things can fall into place, so that when I return to the first painting I have a fresh eye. I also have to admit to a prejudice that doesn’t allow me to see charcoal and pastels on canvas as finished work, so sometimes in translating the work into a painting using, oils or acrylics, I lose the very things I liked.