Sunday, January 17, 2016

January Art Bead Scene Challenge

Landscape with Stars 
by Henri-Edmond Cross
This month's January Art Bead Scene challenge is a wintry-hued watercolor Landscape with Stars by Henri-Edmond Cross.  His paintings of the early- to mid-1890s are characteristically Pointillist, with closely and regularly positioned tiny dots of color. Beginning around 1895, he gradually shifted his technique.   Instead he used broad, blocky brushstrokes and leaf small areas of exposed bare canvas between the strokes. The resulting surfaces of the paintings resembled mosaics. His works may be seen as precursors to Fauvism and Cubism.

Color Palette

I see this month's color palette as fresh spring shades and a chance to use Pantone's colors of the year! 
Leaf Necklace by Bay Moon Design
Blue Leaf Necklace by Bay Moon Design

 I used gorgeous lampwork leaves by Canadian Kim Snider of Mandrel Beads The colors of the leaves-- blues and yellows seemed to echo the landscape. In between these leaves I added a few brilliant blue lapis bead chips for contrast. I pulled in yellow by using citrine bead chips. A few sea colored beads add a nice contrast. I made a brass clasp to add to the yellow in the necklace.  The necklace is available for purchase HERE.

I think I nailed the colors in the landscape.  What do you think?


  1. The blue and yellow is such a nice combination isn't it. Lovely necklace and nice pop with the leaved from Mandrel Beads

  2. Yes those glass beads are a great compliment to the painting! Beautiful!