First, I started the workday with making some color notations on the Molten Chocolate piece. That went well enough, and they give me a place to start on the next, more serious go-around.
Molten Chocolate With Gelato, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
But then I ran into the chaotic pattern on the rug in the one below. I came up with some solutions for it:
1. Simplify. Take out some of the clutter.
2. Knock out the white areas; they draw the eye too much.
3. Mute the colors.
4. Use larger patches of color rather than smaller ones.
Baby Needs Shoes, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
I think I need to bring in some muted blues and violets to keep the painting from being too monochromatic.