Re: Problem with composition
I think that figure balances the dominant building well. The tension between the two needs to stay in balance though. The smaller figures actually seem a little too large. I want that front one to stand very firmly alone in this composition.
Extra thoughts: The fact that you have trimmed/squeezed the bottom of the picture makes the painting have a much different feel than the the sketch. The figures all look lower and thus you have a shallower space. I don't know if that is good or bad but it's quite noticeable. I do wish the tree had a little more definition--I notice in the sketch it has a diamond shape and although it doesn't look important like negative space it is making quite a difference in the composition. I'd say just think about that tree, too.