Thursday, August 30, 2012

ABS Challenge Aug 2012: Fishing Boats by Homer

"Homer's Fishing Boats" Bracelet

(Please excuse the formatting of this entry.  There is a 
problem with Blogger, but I'm trying to post this entry for ABS Challenge.  I will continue trying to update.  
Thank you, Sharyl)

The August 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge inspiration piece is:

Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903 by Winslow Homer

The bracelet I created based on this month's inspiration art piece: 


The bracelet I created  has the work of the following bead artists.  

Iced Pink Textured Ceramic Connector Beads
Natalie Pappas -- NKP Designs

These beads have a white look to them and a wavy pattern. I used them to signify the waves of the ocean showing in the moonlight at the bottom right of the painting.

Got the Blues
 Natalie Pappas -- NKP Designs

This blue-pink color bead is rather rounded, fluffy looking, and no two are exactly alike. To me they signify the clouds in Homer's art work.


sra handmade  lampwork glass bead, spacer beads creamy ivory

Sab's Glass and Destash or
This smooth simple bead worked well to represent the white boats floating in the blue waters as well as the white sails.


There are similar light blue lampwork beads that appear in larger quantities around the bracelet, representing the clear blue water in Homer's painting.


Hand-dyed silk ribbon is used in several spots--mostly in blue, but in one location a purplish red hue, in honor of the red flag flying on the vessel.

All pottery and glass beads in the bracelet are handmade by artisans. The clasp was made by me.

To me, this painting by Homer shows people at work on the sea in the dark of the evening, and yet it seems peaceful and calm. I've designed my bracelet this time to be simple, comfortable, in soft colors that still imply gentle movement.

Thank you for visiting today! There will be the monthly ABS Blog Tour on Fri, Aug. 31. It will begin on the ABS page and hop around to the various blogs of those designers who participated in the August challenge. Hope you'll have a moment to visit the sites!




AntiquityTravelers said...

Winslow Homer is one of my absolute favorite artists. Beautiful 'moody' sea weather! Your bracelet is gorgeous and captures that ever-changing color of the sea!

Alice said...

Beautiful. It has a sort of calm feel like a relaxing day on the beach. I love the beads you used, and thanks for the links!

I missed this ABS challenge--again. I really wanted to participate as I loved this month's inspiration painting.

aneri_masi said...

Gotta love you, Sharyl :-) You made it on the last day :)
Love the bracelet, and the photography!

Sharyl said...

Kasmira, if you only knew (or maybe you do know if you saw the mention on CBC)... I've been working feverishly for 2-3 days trying to get this up, with Blogger giving me fits!

It still looks wonky, but I got a few photos in and the text is almost readable! Let's just call that formatting "creative!" :-) Thanks for the kind words on bracelet and photographs!

Sharyl said...

Antiquity Travelers and Alice-- My sincere thanks to you both! Alice, I hope you will join us next time. I always wonder what the next art piece will look like right about now!

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

I like how you used those beads in that bracelet with that theme. I'm not good with such things and this is beautiful! Thank you for using some of my beads in your design.

Krista said...

I love it! The colors are perfect.