"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper.
Hopper completed the painting in 1942. As noted on the ABS page,
"Nighthawks portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper's most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art."
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In designing my piece,
I started from the notion that the woman in the painting was missing something.
She should be wearing a choker-style necklace
with oversized beads
of a carnelian red color, ...
...but I also wanted to pick up the colors
found throughout the painting,
the dark greens and ivory-white in particular.
So I started with the red and worked my way from there!
Next to the red beads on each side are 2 creamy-white ones.
The first on each side is a large white with red specs,
ceramic beads handmade by
of NKP Designs.
Closer to the middle are fossil beads of a very similar color and look, but smaller.
Separating each bead are copper accent beads,
and in the middle,
a copper bail.
Next, is the pendant part of the necklace,...
comprised of another of Natalie's beads on top
and a brass sunflower focal on the bottom.
I left the center of the sunflower the light green color
that matched Natalie's bead,
but the outside edges were turning brown,
so I sanded the outside part,
applied a darker green Gilder's paste,
then sanded when dry
to let the brass shine through again and sealed.
I did the same with the back of the piece.
The remaining part of the necklace is textile.
Two types of cotton fabric,
one with a raku pattern, one plain,
and another piece of sage green silk ribbon,
all 3 wound and knotted together.
The pieces uses snap clasps in 3 locations.
This enables the necklace to be worn as a choker,
as originally intended
with the fabric wrapping twice around the back of neck
and snapped in place)...
or worn extended with its own snap for a longer look.
The final creation.
The missing necklace
from Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks."
Presumptuous? Yes, but I hope you enjoyed my interaction with the painting as I created this necklace!
Sharyl ~ Sharyl's Jewelry