Friday 29 August 2014

Art Bead Scene – August Reveal

The August Art Bead Scene inspiration photo is based on the painting “The Indian Rug”, also known as “Red Slippers”, by Anne Redpath.  It is an oil on plywood piece that she painted in 1942

The Indian Rug (or Red Slippers), 1942
by Anne Redpath
Oil on plywood
73.90 x 96.10 cm (framed: 91.50 x 113.50 x 6.20 cm)

I was in a couple of shows at the start of the month, then on vacation, so I didn’t think I’d be able to participate in this month’s challenge, especially because I struggled with inspiration for this one

I was stuck on the red in the slippers, chair and carpet.  I didn't want to use red this month but couldn't seem to see beyond it, until I took another look at the colour palette suggestions and finally saw past the “red”

Here is what I made based on the inspiration:

Beyondinto Blue

The beautiful blue and earth toned coloured beads in this bracelet are handmade Polymer Clay pieces, made by Tree Wing Studios.  The various shades of blue place the focus squarely on the flashes of blue in the rug and the deep blue in the background.  The earth toned coin and “beehive” bead draw their inspiration from the branches and leaves in the rug and from the side wall of the image

I added small natural white shell chips to honour the background of the rug and to keep the mood of the bracelet lighter.  Instead of having the two flower coins dangling from the bracelet, I decided to add antiqued brass jump rings to top and bottom of the coins and attach both ends to the bracelet.  Keeping with the antiqued feel of the whole piece, I used antiqued gold clasp and components to complete the bracelet

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  1. Your bracelet is full of wonderful colors and textures. I like the name you gave it.

  2. Great choices....turn out wonderfully!

  3. Wonderful interpretation of the palette! It feels like a very deconstructed version of the painting. I quite like the ruffled flower beads from Miss Rebekah and that one pop of red is just enough! Thanks for joining us at the Art Bead Scene! Enjoy the day. Erin