Very simple, but lacking in additional interest. The goal here is to avoid being cutesy.
The piece definately needs a pop of colour, but which colour and where? If I attach the cochineal dyed silk organza I'll add stitching in a contrasting colour.
I'm not sure that this works either, but it's interesting... just the wrong colours and not enough of them. Acrylic on watercolor paper.
Here's a bit of gouache and watercolor, with ink sketches, on paper behind the main panel. The main panel is still lacking, it needs a pop of something, anything... but it has to be the right element otherwise it just sits there like a lump.
So I will continue auditioning elements into the wee hours of the night, once I have this niche figured out the remaining eight niches will be a snap since I'm working in a series. I will be adding additional elements to the outside of the niche in the form of copper and/or black brads and tacks.