Third version of this painting - I have painted over and painted over. For the moment I am happy. You don't quite get the scale in this reproduction - it is huge - 185cm tall, 115cm wide. That's over 6 foot tall for non-metricated people.
The Hanging around is a reference for a number of things - that this canvas is still hanging around, that I like hanging around markets - and whilst painting the Stranglers came on..
One of 'em comes over,
he's got a monkey on his shoulder
and the monkey's getting grinner
but his eyes are on the ground
He's just hanging around...