I have changed the position of the father's head. Over the next few days I will try to cover the canvas with the general idea and then build it up into a complete painting over the next few weeks. Eventually, on my other blog, I will post more photos of the whole process so that you can see, step by step, what goes into making a larger portrait commission.
Here I am checking the proportions of the face and the bodies before I commit to using paint. It saves a lot of time to make sure the dimensions are right from the very beginning. I use an old pencil compass that my Dad used when he was in school. It must be at least 50 years old.