I like to create a mockup of a new art work first, before I put the time and expense into a canvas piece. I try out colors and techniques to see if they work in my sketchbook before I upscale the piece to canvas. Sometimes, I never get that far because after sketching the piece, sometimes it doesn't work for me. There were a number of things that I changed from the piece below to the upscaled canvas.
For example, I muted the colors in the distant window, and increased the distance between my window and the child's. Also muting the colors highlighted those eyes. I really like that look.
Looking From My Window at Girl Looking at Me
Here are some of my other window paintings that I thought were equally inspiring.
Girl Looking through Blinds
View From Window