A long time friend commissioned me to paint her two children and dog enjoying the lake. The picture she gave me to work from was great so my job was not too hard. I have learned that you do not have to be married to a photo. Change it for the paintings sake. There was an old dock in the foreground and I painted it in at first. It was preventing your eye from moving into the picture so I asked her permission to delete it. Much better. Do you see the backwards S composition? Or I guess it could be a Z. This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.