I've been working on this painting for a couple of weeks, slow going and a lot of interruptions.
I'm not sure whether to crop it more tightly as on the left, or leave it more spacious as on the right. The tighter crop emphasizes the vertical composition lines relating the two gable peaks to the two bunches of flowers on the fence in the foreground and the symmetrical balance around the pivot of the door. But the image with more sky has more breathing room around the structure and more atmosphere. I guess I'll make the decision when I mat the painting. Still have to do some research on the history of the house though.