Thank you so much bro!
Actually you know what ... i did exactly what you mentioned. There was some color at the sides earlier. Somehow .. that hint of blue was distracting. My eye was just going there. So i was playing around with the hue/saturation slider ; the "grey" tone weirdly enough was calming. All i could then see .. were the colors in the middle of the canvas, further allowing the character to gain more attention.
Also .. .when cropped .. the green still stays strong.
( That'll be the final layout for submission )
The color of the clouds in the middle could change .. maybe toward the end..
Not sure yet.