Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Art Bead Scene March Challenge

I’m a bit late posting this, as it’s almost the end of the month, but between work, kids and trying to get ready for two weeks’ holidays on the other side of the country, I just haven’t had time to show you the pieces I made for the Art Bead Scene March Challenge.

This month’s inspiration picture is gorgeous, full of lovely rich jewel-toned colours. It’s a painting called Deer in the Forest by Expressionist painter Franz Marc. Here’s the painting, along with the colour palette created by Brandi Hussey.

march 2013 - deer-in-the-forest by franz marc palette
Deer In the Forest, 1911
Marc Franz
Oil on Canvas, 100.97 x 104.78 cm
Philips Collection, Washington DC, USA
Palette by Brandi Hussey

When I saw this painting I thought immediately of a lovely set of lampworked glass beads I have that were made by a fellow Australian, Liz DeLuca. They are large bicones in a deep purple and red combo with a smattering of silver along the edge. I combined them with Czech glass ovals in green with a brownish streak though them and antique brass findings and chain in a simple wire-wrapped necklace.

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I used two of the big lampworked beads to make a striking pair of earrings too, with a tiny Czech glass rondelle in green on each side.

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Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Red blossom necklace

I have made a personal goal for myself to try to complete a piece for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge at least every couple of months this year. February’s challenge is based on Heijinja, a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995), which features a striking red building, surrounded by softer colours in the blossom-laden tree, the people, birds and so on.

Art Bead Scene colour guru Brandi Hussey pulled out a palette from the print, which features that striking red, plus the softer shades of pinks, peaches, greys.

ArtBeadScene February challenge

Heijinja, 1941
Tōshi Yoshida
Woodblock Print
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

I recently acquired a flower pendant from Australian ceramic artist Natalie Fletcher-Jones (Peruzi) in a shade close to that vibrant deep red colour. I paired it with Czech glass rondelles and rounds in muted shades of red, brown and that denim-y blue seen in the palette above, strung onto a denim blue waxed linen cord and gunmetal chain. A simple pair of earrings in the same colours are also knotted onto waxed linen.

red blossom necklace collage