I wasn't able to finish this in time to enter the contest because I was still doing a lot of sign work at the time and paying work had to come first even though this kind of thing was a lot more fun. So I missed my time window while painting ...a window. Then the painting was put aside and languished out in the woodshed for a few years.
Taking time away from my own work is another reason why I probably shouldn't enter contests.
Finally I decided to dig it out of the shed and finish it.
The first thing I wanted to change was to lighten it up. The whole picture just transformed into a much more lighthearted and fun experience once it's outside in the sunshine instead of in some dark dreary dungeon.