Now for the problem area. The colorful quilt with the dark triangle draws your eye to that area and away from the intended focal point. (See earlier post) The dark area under the quilt was going to be the wooden surface that supported the quilt. Too much contrast, too much color. Here is how I handled it--so far.
Removing all the colors in the quilt except the blue and yellow ties the colors from objects in the still life. I turned the wooden box into a draped surface. This helps but I'm still not quite sure this solves the problem. So much more to do and so many more problems to solve. That's what painting is about--solving problems. The yellow and blue book will have writing and figures on it. This has to be handled softly so it doesn't draw too much attention there. Tomorrow is another day with more problems to solve.