The souls progress through the abattoir

This painting has some way to go still. I don’t get to work on it often. In case you’re wondering about the title, the sentence deliberately has ambiguous meanings but the key implied meaning is the one for which the grammar is correct – i.e. a description of a plurality of souls in the act of moving through an abattoir.

I’ll be honest about this piece. I am not happy with it. I had this idea, a scene in my head, full of symbols that struck me as true, but I did only the most cursory preparation and went straight onto the canvas and the result doesn’t do justice to the original idea. I was trying for a distorted and dreamlike depiction but this is too clumsy. This is therefore just a preparatory work for the eventual piece. I have since done some sketching and prep for it but have yet to begin.