Monday, July 29, 2013

Art Bead Scene July 2013 Monthly Challenge Reveal: Olga in Armchair

Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Pablo Picasso
Oil on Canvas 130 × 88.8 cm
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

For this month's Art Bead Scene challenge
I wanted to design with the colors 
found in Picasso's painting of Olga, 
incorporating some of the lines and shapes, 
more than specific objects, such as the flowers 
(although that was tempting too!)

I focused on the dark green,
the grayish blue, the faded pink, and the amber.

Design, wirework, and clasp by me (Sharyl McMillian-Nelson).
Art beads by Natalie Pappas and Serena Thomas.

Handmade pottery focal bead by Natalie Pappas, NKP Designs.
The lines on the bead remind me of the folds in the dress fabric of the art piece. 
 The color is also similar to the fabric.
This long focal dangle also is reminiscent of the climbing flower vine 
on the chair in which Olga sits.

The copper-plated leaf component was purchased, but I added a coat of black patina to it to darken and better go with the lines in Natalie's bead.
It echos the lines and shape of the leaves in the vine design found on the chair.

I used a copper headpin to wire wrap this handmade lampwork spacer bead
 by Serena Thomas of Serena's Beadery, aka Taneres to this copper filigree metal.

More beads from the colors of flowers and vines represented in the painting:  
muted grayish greens and blues, pink, and amber.
Along with several types of stone and copper beads,
are transparent amber and gray lampwork spacer beads  

from  Serena's Beadery.

The front and side parts of the necklace are linked with large copper hoops
 and a small bit of soldered copper chain.

The beads that make up the sides and back of the necklace 
are Dragons Blood Jasper in deep red and forest green 
with accent beads of copper and African Turquoise Jasper rondelles.
I handmade a simple copper hook for a back fastener.

There will be an ABS BLOG TOUR HERE
on Wed., July 31.
Just click the link above on that day to get the guided tour!

Thanks for stopping by!   Your comments are always welcome! 

Special thanks to ABS and to bead artists, Natalie and Serena, for their inspiring beads!


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For those participants in the upcoming blog hop, below is the final list you can paste into your entries.  It has not changed from the one sent the last time.  Many thanks!  ~Sharyl

Blog Hop Participant List:

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson     Sharyl’s Jewelry    (Host)

Kashmira Patel   .....    Sadafulee...always in bloom! 

Lisa Lodge   .....   A Grateful Artist - Pine Ridge Treasures 

Tanty Sri Hartanti   ....   TJewellicious by Tanti      

Kathy Lindemer ....  Bay Moon Design    

Laren Dee Barton ... Laren Dee Designs      

Melissa Trudinger  ... Beadrecipes    

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baymoondesign said...

Pretty colors and design! The jasper beads are stunning.

Alice said...

A gorgeous piece! Thank you for sharing how it was put together and your thoughts on the beads and components you used.

Unknown said...

Oh heavens girl! That is gorgeous! I adore Natalie's bead, and I love how you changed up that leaf. And yes, I did have some wire envy going on with your clasp....:)

Norbel said...

Sharyl, I think you have completely Outdone Yourself on this one. The necklace is Stunning! So many wonderful design elements. It's simply beautiful! On another note, I feel totally art ignorant. I have never seen art by Picasso other than the Cubism style he developed. That, too, is beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of this, Sharyl!

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

Wow, I'm always bowled over with how you put beads together. I love that connector with the glass bead in the middle, so beautiful!

Thanks for letting one of the beads I created be a part of it all!

Unknown said...

Sharyl this necklace is gorgeous. The colors, beads,a and component selections are perfect. I think this is one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen lately. Very inspiring!

Dolores Raml said...

This is gorgeous and really does follow lots of things from the picture.

Ann Schroeder said...

This is really pretty! The focal bead is gorgeous, and I just love how you put everything together. It really draws me in because there are so many interesting elements.

TesoriTrovati said...

Beautiful! I added your link to the end of the blog hop. Thanks! Enjoy the day. Erin

TJewellicious by tanti said...

wow stunning..! I love your necklace design... :)

aneri_masi said...

While I like the entire creation, I am really drawn to the copper elements you have used, especially that folded leaf! Brillian!

Kate said...

So elegant and tastefully done! I love all the elements that keep you coming back to discover something new!

Tanya said...

Sharyl, I just *adore* this. I wish I could find the words .. it's just gorgeous.

I love how it combines all the elements from the picture and how it would look so great around her neck.

(Will you be listing it?)