Wanted more thick paint. While the first attempt is softer, the finished image is more edgy and likely a more suitable ‘self-portrait’.
The red shadow behind the lemon was making it jump forward instead of sit back.
The cup needed a place sit rather than floating in air. I may have gone too far and am now missing the ocher color in the top ring of the cup…
Felt the piece was too right weighted. I added a shadow cast from something… and lightened the shadow from the leaf and defused the edges as the shadow recedes.
Really needed to lose some of the yellow (sorry Ginny) and give it a surface and a darker background to sit in front of.
Felt like it needed something to sit in front of – may knock down the color a bit still.