Finished this piece ahead of schedule and am very pleased with how it eventually turned out. The movement and colours have worked particularly well and the repaint of a section of the background definitely payed off in the end. I never plan my paintings to the 'T' when I am working on them. Yes, the main subject matter, general feel and colours etc. are of course essential but I generally let them evolve on their own, researching different elements whilst working on other areas. This method has worked for me so far so I do not think I will change, unless I get a major commission and then it is ideal to keep the client on board with my thinking from the off step.