Artists are forever in danger of outsmarting themselves. Doing something they think is clever and forgetting the original elements or concept. I have been guilty of this with this painting. I will leave the body alone for a while and see what suggests itself in the detail remembering that a lot of details I intend destroying for effect later. First some foreground detail on the sofa, some pattern and repetition ...

The nude is almost OK. Now for some radical changes and see their effect. The dominant pillow and the satin sheet - also the pillow under the left foot.

The darker pillow defines the anatomy quite dramatically but maybe too much so? Also the blue is not in harmony. I will give the satin sheet some swirling folds and creases.

Maybe I will marble the surrounding arch as it seems to suggest such. Also I will change the front pillow color again ...ugh!

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