I like paintings that are cropped tightly. Sometimes it's hard to set up a painting of objects that touch the top margin of the painting. Anytime I feel uncomfortable with a finished piece, I usually find that it can be improved by cropping. I used to have alot more trouble with this, until I started painting aceos and small-format pieces. You have to zoom in on the essence in a small-format piece. In this painting, I used my favorite blue: Schmincke Paynes Grey Bluish. Also I'm loving Winsor & Newton's Quin Gold - it's so rich.