Create FLOW/ Lead the eye
The main idea with this image is to lead viewers through the path of the painting as they go through design elements. Using scale and perspective the stairs in the foreground lead us down to a dark area that is then contrasted with a bright element (the house). We then have a walkway that leads us into another house, which is similar enough to have our eye searching for the next house further in the background. This then leads us to exit the image by the mountains by blocking off the top corner of the image with the foreground tree element.