Saturday, January 9, 2010

January ABS Challenge

La Pie [The Magpie] :: Claude Monet (1840-1926) :: Between 1868 & 1869
Oil on Canvas :: H. 89; W. 130 cm :: © photo RMN, Hervé Lewandowski
I just entered this month's Art Bead Scene Blog challenge, based on the Monet painting above. For my art bead, I used an Anne Choi sugar skull mandrake. If you are familiar with Anne's silver beads, they can be quite substantial in size even though they are hollow inside. This leaves her room on the sides to carve quotations, like the one here:
"Le temps et la monde et la personne ne se recontrent qu'une seule fois." , "Time and the world and the person only meet a single time. "- Hélène Cixous
The chunky faceted jasper beads that I used for the rest of the necklace were perfect for the scale of this bead and the white, grey and brown palette matched the painting well. I felt the mandrake, with his organic feel and tree limb arms, was a good interpretation of the trees and wintery scene.
This necklace is one of the special pieces that I will soon be auctioning off on eBay to raise money for the Art Center of Battle Creek. I hope to have the listings up tomorrow, so stay tuned....


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Oooh! Anne Choi is just amazing! I met her at Bead & Button last year but could only afford some small buttons. I have yet to find the perfect home for them. Makes me really want one of these hollow beads. that is really lovely. I am off to enter my pieces in the ABS! Enjoy the day! Erin

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Your necklace truly evokes the essence of La Pie, dreamy and ethereal.