This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge focuses on the work
of Pablo Picasso,
"Two Acrobats with a dog," 1905
For more information on Picasso's "Rose Period" and this painting, please visit the ABS website.
The clothing of the circus performer is significant.
As noted on the ABS page, "The harlequin, a comedic character usually depicted in checkered patterned clothing, became a personal symbol for Picasso." The colors and diamond pattern will also be the focus of my entry this month.
In designing this piece, I went for several shades of bluish-gray (although they look more gray here), along with antiqued silver and the brass-tones found in the acrobat's leotards. There is also a spot of black, also appearing at the top of the earrings as an accent bead and on the upper body of the adult acrobat's costume.
The diamond shape is repeated throughout the components.
The art beads areDeep Slate Square Pottery Beads, 15mm, and Blue Grotto Square Pottery Beads, 15mm, both by on of my favorite artisans, Cindy Kovar of Captured Moments.
The brass components in the middle of the design were cut and embossed by me.
I purchased the gray dangles on the end. They are brass and were finished in gray, but I buffed slightly to give it a more aged look and to allow some of the brass color to come through again.
While the circular patterns used throughout the design, hoops and loops going in several directions, do not appear in the painting, but they do remind me of the acrobats' work!
Thank you for stopping by for the July Art Bead Scene Challenge!
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson ~ Sharyl's Jewelry
P.S. You can view other entries at the ABS Flickr page. There will also be a Blog Tour of participant entries on Aug. 31st!
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