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Obviously the metaphor had vast potential,

however after years of working with the 'symbol' that was 'Solo' a desire to end the project began to set in;

I wanted resolution, to draw a line under the subject

and tried to force this unnatural ending by breaking up the symbol (see Solvere) and even unpainting the work with the Black series.

But a paintings subject has its own life, and will not be forced into a conclusion by the artist; it waits in blank silence until the Artist is to ready to be given the true ending.

It wasn't until a chance encounter and a turn of phrase, somewhere in the sky, that a key was turned enabling

 'I'll get back to you on that.' to be made, bringing the subject to its final and conclusive end.