Thursday, July 6, 2017

July Art Bead Scene Challenge

Tiger in a Tropical Storm
Henri Rousseau
Oil Painting
July's Art Bead Scene challenge has a tiger ready to pounce on an unseen prey as the subject. The story is left to the viewer. Tiger in a Tropical Storm was the first painting that Rousseau painted in his signature jungle scene in a dream-like style. The painting was first rejected by the salon show but was exhibited at a non-juried show where it received mixed reviews. Henri, a self-taught painter, was not favored by critics, however, he was admired by artists looking to break away from the art establishment.  The painting is detailed in it's lush, tropical foliage. It shows a sophisticated use of color and brushwork.

 July palette
The July palette has lots of vibrant colors. I decided to focus on the lush greens in the foliage. I selected a green bird with multi colored floral details by polymer clay artist Humblebeads. The bird has a pattern with some blue and gold flowers on his chest. The same blue and gold colors are in the palette.   I added a handmade ceramic green bead to the floral bird to add some additional green color and texture. The ceramic is made by my cousin Sandra Sapienza who is a well know fiber artist.   I used some brass leaves to create what looks like a little nest for the bird to sit on. All were combined to make the statement focal for this bird necklace. I hammered a piece of brass wire to flatten the bottom so that the stack of beads would stay in place. On the top of the bird a made a messy wrapped loop to attach to a large jump ring that I covered with some brass beads.

Green Bird Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Green Bird Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I used brass chain and wire to add some gorgeous green Czech glass leaf beads and a butterfly. It is a modern necklace for anytime of year. This art necklace  is a perfect birthday gift for bird lover! It is available for purchase in my online BayMoonDesign store.
Green Bird Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Green Bird Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I love how this painting inspired this necklace.  Art and nature is a winning combination when it comes to inspiration.  What inspires you?


  1. Lovely piece. Rousseau is one of my favorite painters! ( Honored you are using the beads.)

  2. Interesting take on the inspiration. I am planning to do something with leaves as well