You're too close in the upper photo. Unless you have a macro setting, you are too close. On the plus side to that, you are also too close for composition. Pull back a bit and you end up with a better photo. Some of my shots, after I post, I realize I was too close.
The second shot looks like bad lighting. If you can adjust the white balance for indoor lighting, you will be better off.
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