Everything seems to have been 'on hold' for the past month and a half. My day to day job is as a baker which means Christmas is an especially busy period. However, that's all over and done with for another year and at the moment I am appreciating the chance to get back to normality, and finding some time to paint. I've been continuing with a couple of new pieces, as mentioned in the previous post. The above image is an updated version of the piece in the previous post, although it isn't yet finished. Over the Christmas period I got a chance to drive out to the area on which this piece is based, and took a lot more photos for possible future work. It's an area that appeals to me...it is quite empty and feels very remote in some parts, although you are never that far from the next village and the fairly large city of Norwich. It is that mix that I find appealing I think; the fact that you can very quickly move from the cosy homely feel of a small Norfolk village into the empty aloneness of the open road with no one and no sign of human activity in sight. It can produce a quite uncanny feeling. It has just occurred to me that this may also be why roads appeal to me...they are the conduit between the two states; at some point along the road you cross into the 'other'.