When designing, it is usually important to use uneven groups of numbers in your arrangement, i.e., 3, 5, 7, etc. elements look better than 2, 4 or 6 elements.
Case in point:
When I set out to design today’s earring, I thought the design would work because of its symmetry, and because I was counting the diamond bar tying together the pear-shaped gem stones as a 5th element. When I started painting, I realized my mistake. I could find no good way to balance the color distribution, and the overall result is odd-looking and out of balance – it reminds me of a squashed butterfly:
While I like my gemstone details, I also got a little heavy-handed with my blue paint for the topaz gemstone.
Tomorrow, in an effort to redeem myself, I’ll attempt another earring rendering using these same gemstones. Come see if the new design takes flight!