@alan: Thanks so much for looking and commenting!
@AllisonR: Thanks for pointing out the missing shadows in the bottom. I will definitely keep that in mind as I work in the future. I see what a visible difference it can make.
@carolkay: Many thanks for your kind comment.
@123harry: The original photo was taken outdoors - no sky visible - but maybe thats why you feel the need for the blue?
In selecting a background, I made the rather conservative choice of browns. I am trying to move away from browns and grays into more colorful choices. Appreciate any tips in how to select an appropriate background color that doesn't distract from the subject. Thanks for your observations; they give me perspective.