In my last post about this painting, I said that I’d cast more of a shadow on the left side to unify the objects on that side of the painting. However, after thinking about it, I decided that I’d cast a shadow from the right. This has the effect of muting the upper right edge of the background stone and the gray pot, and drawing attention to the triangle formed by the black vase, colored blocks, and crystal. The addition of this shadow seems to have solved the problem of my ‘four-fold’ design problem. One of the four objects (the pot) is no longer so much in the spotlight. Three seems to look better than four. I’m happier with the painting now, but it’s still not finished!