Thank you, you have excellent taste in painting. Well, alright, I always tend to respond like this to positive criticism, but I think you may be on to something in this case. Fact is, I did a good part of the more interesting stuff in this picture as a demo in front of Leeds Painting & Sketching Club, where I was trying to give a talk on the old method of oil painting by layers. Consequently I was on my mettle to put something else into it besides what was in my pencil sketch and little photo. As you are probably aware, painting from photos can give horribly predictable results but, in this case at least, I was prevented from 'going to sleep' over the detail by the necessity to engage my audience in the painting process.