Thursday, January 3, 2013

Art Bead Scene Challenge: January 2013

Art Bead Scene's challenge for January 2013 has been posted and it features Botke's 1940 oil painting Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons.

Jessie Arms Botke
Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons
c. 1940

When thinking about what I'm going to make, I begin first with color. Rather than creating a color palette that pulls out colors and gives them equal weight, I like to create a palette that gives the colors the same weight they have in the original art. I won't necessarily create a piece that uses the same percentages of each color, but it gives me that option and it also helps me analyze which accent colors will be the most dramatic or unexpected. Like I wrote when talking about my December challenge piece, I like people to be able to identify the artwork that inspired the piece. If I choose color as the most significant part of the art - versus texture or theme - then I do want to know what the exact balance of colors is.

Botke - Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons - Color Palette

Ironically, while these colors are super prevalent in my wardrobe, they are not the colors I'd ordinarily choose when creating a piece of jewelry. So, in that vein, I'm leaning toward designing a piece that uses materials that I wouldn't ordinarily use. Given that the artwork has a natural theme I think that using a natural material like leather would be true to the theme. I'll have to pick up my sketchbook and see what develops. I'm thinking cuff. I'm thinking ferny, feathery beadwork fringe around a focal bead.

Are you going to do the challenge? What do you think you're going to make? What parts of this image most inspire you?

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