I was talking in the last post about using a photo to look at a piece in a new way, and see a problem with it. Cindy Holsclaw (beadorigami.blogspot.com) and I talked a bit more about it, and it got me thinking about another piece. This was one I recently finished that was based on the cage idea, but instead of repeating a single structure in a single cage, it was a looser version, with various seed bead shapes that are sometimes enclosed by and sometimes act as links between larger oxidized copper scaffolds. I made the piece pictured on the top, and I really liked it a lot. I worked hard to get a good picture of it, and have already used it as a jury shot once.
But the more I looked at the picture, the more I thought that right in the center front, where you want maximum impact, I had a blue shape that was so dark it didn't contrast much with the dark cage. Also, it was completely encased by the cage. So this morning, I took the blue piece out and replaced it with a pale pink and red one that extends beyond the frame of the cage. I think it's a big improvement. The second picture isn't as good--I like the lighting and the camera angle better on the top one, but that's easily fixed.