30 May 2011

May Art Bead Scene Challenge

 "To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."  ~Jane Austen

This month's painting was Cache-Cache by Berthe Morisot.

I love this painting with its quaint little village in the distance, the fun that the mother and daughter are having, the ruffly umbrella and the peek of sky in the clouds. But I will admit that the color palette stumped me a bit.

I am drawn to the dark green and the pops of red, so that is what I pulled out first. Green goldstone is one of my favorites, with its flashes of sparkle in the right light. The red blooms on the tree were the red velvet glass rondelles. To repeat the oval pattern I pulled in some great hammered oval chain. I am hoarding the last foot and a half that I have of it, I love it so. I needed to pull the greens into the piece. I found this Mary Harding toggle that was perfect in tone. I added the goldstone into it, and raided my stash of silks from Marsha Neal and came upon these different shades of green. I decided to wrap the links. No other embellishment is needed to highlight the toggle by Mary. And the best part is that you can wear it any which way...with the toggle in front, or off to one side, depending on what you feel like.

I call this necklace "Seeking Solitude."


I really loved the little village in the background of the painting, so I decided to do one more. I happened to find a pair of little house beads that I believe are from Jubilee that was a perfect match. I used the same green goldstone this time paired with cranberry colored pearls and brass bead caps. I have these funky marquise shaped links from GemmeTresor. I decided to use the same seed beads in the beaded part to wire wrap the links just for interest and to tie in the beading wrapped on the hook clasp.

I call this bracelet "Finding My Home."

Be sure to stop over to the Art Bead Scene on May 31st for the monthly Blog Tour that I host rounding up all the fabulous pieces that were inspired by this months' art.

(And I will also be announcing the ONE WINNER of the HUGE BEADS 2011 GIVEAWAY at the end of that post! Someone will be very lucky indeed!)

Enjoy the day!

15 comments:

Lorelei Eurto said...

so pretty!! great interpretation of this gorgeous painting!

maryharding said...

I love the way you used my toggle clasp. So perfect for the colors and the natural environment in the painting. I was thrilled to see it here in one of your beautiful creations.

somethingunique said...
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somethingunique said...

Hi Erin, you have a great eye and really did the painting justice take care ttfn L:)

rosebud101 said...

Very nice, Erin. I love what you did with your piece! I forgot about the blog hop, but that's okay. I hope I can participate in June's challenge, but I'm not sure about that. We shall see.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Fabulous Erin! You truly captured the painting in both of your pieces!

SummersStudio said...

Really nice! Love the way you pulled the greens from the painting.

Judy said...

The painting is just beautiful and you captured it's colors so well in both pieces of jewelry. A lovely interpretation indeed!

Malin de Koning said...

Pretty! And Beautiful!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

beautiful interpretation!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Your blog is looking so "now"! Looks great! When do we get to see more and all of the header necklace, puhleasssse! Rich looking copper with the wonderful swirly wire touches, I really like it! also think your interpretation of the painting is very individual and unexpected! You honed in on some lovely details, all beautiful! Also, I'll look for you at Bead & Button!

steufel said...

Oh Erin, all of your pieces are so outstanding. I love, love, love your style!

MiddleEarthsJewels said...

Oo..inspiring! Love both of them, but the house is my fav..I had totally overlooked the pastoral village details in the background..it is fascinating what one can discover reading through each of these 'journeys' in creating from the painting!

Linda Landig said...

I love the wire wrapping and the textured links in the bracelet. Beautiful!

janet in ft worth said...

I love the way you combine materials in your work and I'm totally in love with that toggle clasp! I just headed over to Mary Harding's shop and added it to my favorites.

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