I've been gaining some headway on this piece. After working on it most of the day Sunday, I wasn't feeling very good about it. This evening I gave a good deal of attention to the negative space, and now it seems to be coming together. The next step will be to make those loveable figures pop. The trick will be, as always, to not over-work it.
It's never easy getting good digital images indoors. This is a larger one - 24 x 32" - on board.