I can see how if many of the original stock is no longer available it would be difficult to truly do a closer "similar, but different" version of the photomanipulation, but your changes truly created a fascinating image. I do have a technical critique. Even in surrealism, for it to work, it must be based on reality. There is a problem with your cats...spatially-wise; their sizes do not change accurately. By the placement of the one on the right-hand side, it is also the one in the nearest foreground; we move up and left to the next cat that exists in the spatial relationship of the other objects, then up to the next one. When I look at these three cats, their size relationship to the other objects and their place in space is inaccurate and throws your image off. Of course, that can be done on purpose, making them stand out to be the most important part of the image, but I don't think that's what you were going for. Therefore, the viewer's attention can be thrown off because the cats "don't look right." Review my walkthrough on space and depth to see what I'm speaking about:
About: Creating The Illusion Of Space And DepthNEWS
This is one of our "About" Lessons; a series of journals about Photomanipulation, about Art, and about being an Artist. These journals exist to help you, the Photomanipulator, be a better artist. After all, we are artist who use Photomanipulation as our media, but to create great art, we must know what we're doing. Also, I want our group members to be educated in using the appropriate language.
This "About" Lesson is my third revamp version on the all important art technique, How to Create the Illusion of 3D Dept on a 2D surface.
Space exist in the real three-dimensional world. It is the space between and around objects.
Depth is the quality of being deep; deepness.
There may only be a distance of a few inches of space between and around one object to another, (for example, from the front of my monitor to the back of my office wall) or many miles (such as looking across