I worked on a sheet of paper for some time - standing by the fire drawing and re-drawing this composition. Thinking and designing is no way forward! I change tack.
A new sheet of 'nice' paper (plus another for the skittles) is pulled from store. Working upright at arms length I dash in the general layout, apply some darks and wash liberally with water. The girl gets a stool and her legs re-arranged - the floor has some 12C perspective and the man on the left becomes bored and stares out of the picture.
The space is still neither in nor out and is now constructed from an abstract arrangement of forms that rather suggest an allotment shed.
An OK stage, more is needed.