Well, I must say I am pretty pleased with the portrait so far. It was a little complicated using older pictures for the landscaping and newer ones for the structure itself, but it turned out fine. I ended up doing the left and right landscaping last because I had to determine what I needed to do. The right side views conflicted, new and old, and the left was partially blocked by a car. I thought long and hard how to resolve the issues.
I laid down the preliminary pastels today but it will still take several days to finish. It is so large I have to stand at my table when I work on the upper area. And after I do finish, I will need to let it sit for a day to get fresh eyes. Even if I finish it by the weekend, I may wait until after the holiday to send it out.