On Friday, my critique group had a lot to say about this painting. I got high praise for the figures, but the background was not helping tell the story.
This figure was crowned "the star" of the painting.
So today I scrubbed the dickens out of the painting.
I painted eggplants to add continuity to the colors, added purple throughout the fruit, and repainted the background to create a setting that wouldn't fight for attention with the lower part of the painting which is where the story is. The male figure's shirt was given a bit of color, and the beige shirt on woman #2 got added detail. It may still need more color to make it less prominent.