Sunday, July 26, 2015

Art Bead Scene July Challenge

Still Life with Seashells by Balthasar van der Ast

The Art Bead Scene inspiration this month is Still Life with Seashells by dutch painter Balthasar van der Ast. The color palette is predominantly taupe and blue. It also has bright pops of color-- yellow, orange, lemon and dark berry red. There is also light cream with shades of gray blue and navy.
July Art Bead Scene Challenge Necklace by Bay Moon Design
I decided to do a fairly literal interpretation by beginning with an artisan handmade 24 mm. in diameter lampwork bead that is by glass bead maker Carole Hughes of Calico Cat in Braintree.  Her beads are sold by Big Bead Little Bead The seashell swirl opaque glass and transparent glass remind me of an ocean wave. I decided to add a copper coral connector from CrazyCoolStuff to the top and coral branch from Rings&Things to the bottom of it to grow more sea life. I used copper spacers, carnelian red beads, cream beads, and blue gray chips. I also added tiny blue gray seed beads to add color and sparkle. I made the copper clasp with the intent of adding more copper and swirl to the piece.  This Ocean Wave and Coral Reef Necklace is for sale in my Etsy shop HERE.

How well do you think I captured the art piece in the necklace?

1 comment:

  1. Love your interpretation of the painting and the piece of coral was an inspiration!