Invariably as you work on one project, in moments of 'rest', other stuff crops up. On this occasion I suddenly decided NOT to work against the rice on the ugly canvas but to embrace it and make it the hero.
So I painted the whole thing black. It is now called 'Archipelago'; the rice grains now islands scattered in a dirty sea. Its not beautiful but it is - after 18 months- finally done.
'Archipelago' : acrylic and rice on canvas 60cm x 90cm
one stage before I decided to paint it all black