First let me say that this picture is from a movie scene. I was not imposing on someones private moment. I saw this scene in Junebug, and wanted to capture the intensity of the moment. In my rush to get it on paper, I ignored the obvious compositional challenges. Had I been more deliberate I would have printed out the picture from my camera and composed it before proceeding. Instead I used the digital frame to paint from, and couldn't get my lines correct.
And now I realize that I've just confessed to taking someone Else's idea. This solves the question of whether I should try another more finished painting of this scene. If I were to succeed in bringing this to the paper it would never be completely my own. So I will probably move on and take what I learned from this. I think it works in segments but not as a cohesive piece. At least as a study. Lastly, I'm relieved that I found some time to get something done. I had to get up at 2:30 AM to do it...but I did it.
By the way, I have yet to watch the entire movie, but it looked good. About an Art dealer trying to sign an eccentric painter from the south.