Using your studies as a guide, try simplifying the layers to the point that they can be seen as patterns at least as much as they describe reality. You may have to let go of the illusion of light and space, but perhaps not.
|You're right, this isn't Gasworks, but it illustrates the kind of refinement I'm imagining.|
|Here's the source. Most features were given room to wander, but there were a few that seemed essential, and were held onto a little more tightly.|