Now you're talking Marty! You see, I consider myself a Habitat specialist, and when the terms "line", "negative space", "positive space", and "flow" are used, it really is important that we as artists can relate to that. When there is a beautiful mount of a Ringneck Pheasant on top of a fence post, there is nothing worse than having a straight up fence post to stop the motion of the eye. Even though that same fence post may be straight up vertical out in the field, we want our pieces to flow. Normally, anything that is straight up vertical incorporated into an action scene will stop the movement of the viewers eye and prevent the piece as a whole to flow! It's no different than when we put a nice mounted fish on a piece of driftwood that is just a straight piece of wood. It might look great to the customer but we really know it could be better. Either dont use that particular piece or add to it some small weeds or roots. I dont mean those cheap plastic fake looking stuff either. Some of the best habitat roots and logs come from an uprooted cedar tree. I use that kind of stuff nearly daily. Anyways, back to the mink, the piece is very nice, but like I said earlier, I would eliminate the ice. Those icicles may form like that,doubtful, but they stop or slow down the movement of the piece. When viewing any piece, your eye should start at one point and make a circular motion and end up at the same place. That is when you know you have created a nice piece, Just my two cents worth!