What is a kiss? This is the painting kind. A kiss is where two edges meet and destroy the dimension, the feeling of 3D. Edges must overlap for us to affect a feeling of space. We are creating a 3 dimensional world on a 2 dimensional surface (the canvas).
Let's see if I can remember where the kisses were. Oh yes! The three books were neatly lined up so they looked like a giant block. And, lined up so their collective edges collided with that skinny dark stripe! Solution: arrange the books at different angles and move the top one just a wee bit to the right of the stripe. It pushes the books forward and makes for a more interesting shape. Striped wallpaper - what was I thinking?
The left top edge of the opened book was kissing the lower edge of the blue book. Solution: move the pages up in front of the blue book. That moved the opened book forward.
The round candle holder was exactly kissing the edge of the round table. The little circle with which to hold the candle holder was kissing the edge of the table. And, the candle was kissing the edge of the dark stripe. Solution: push the table edge up away from the candle holder edge. Push the little circle on the candle holder to be above the table edge. Move the dark stripe to the candle's left. The trick was to move edges without having to move entire objects on the painting.
The base of the edge of the wine glass was kissing the edge of the round doily and aligned with the right edge of the dark stripe. Solution: move the glass base onto the table and move the dark stripe a little to the left.
The opened book was kissing the front edge of the candle holder. Solution: make some space between the candle holder and the book. Of course the opened book was kissing the edge of the wine glass so I moved the corner of the book so it now rests on top of the glass base.
I could not have picked a better painting for my kissing demonstration! During the class I fixed all the kisses. Not big moves, just a sixteenth of an inch here, a little tweak there. But the result was a much better still life. And the frosting on the cake was one of my students bought the painting. Be aware of kisses. Happy painting!