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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams... ArtBead Scene March Challenge

 The March challenge from the wonderful Art Bead Scene blog..Even though I just recently discovered  Art Bead Scene, thanks to Shannon of Missficklemedia, I am so excited about these challenges..only my second but the great folks at Art Bead come up with just the BEST inspiration for these challenges...

Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams... 
Gauguin painted this after he moved to Tahiti in 1891, seeking inspiration from the native "primitive" culture, which he regarded as more real and more sincere. It is characterized by clear outlines, flat forms, and vibrant colors, which reflect the influence of native art on the artist

 At first I thought..oh yuck..not my colors..boy, was I wrong! Leave it to the 'masters' to prove  just what we can learn from them.
This painting and its wonderful subtle warm colors and primitive style began to grow on me ..each day as I sifted through my stash..each night those colors clinging to me before dropping off to sleep..and what art beads did I have? 

Of course! Something very special  from Claire Maunsell..of stillpointworks..called..'Lovely Fly Beads'..I remember so well the phrase that made me buy them..an admirer had said.."They are so interesting. They look like they've been jiggling about in some Medieval peddlers pocket for years..."

I do believe I take  inspiration too literally.. I added flys (beads) and limes and pineapple leaves for the girls' picnic in the painting..The fantastically detailed limes and leaves are actually for doll house miniature collections.

A very vintage silk embroidered  trim from India had just the tones to tie all my other found bits and vintage pieces all together.

 ..can't wait 'till next month..:)


  1. What a gorgeous thoughtful piece, it perfectly captures the tones and colors of Gaugin's painting. I don't think your interpretation was too literal, it is multi layered with texture and wonderful elements.

  2. WOW! Excellent work! But your work always is:)

  3. I love your bracelet, and I love what you have written too. So inspiring to follow your journey to the final design.

    I am so glad I just found your blog via flickr.

    And I also love Claire Maunsell's beads. :-)

  4. I absolutely LOVE this bracelet! It is so rich in design and detail and the colours go so well together...just beautiful. I don't think your interpretation of Gauguin's painting was too literal! Just love the idea with the pineapple leafs!
    I also love Claire's beads - I am just waiting for a special order from her - and some fly beads are also included :)

  5. Your pieces for last month and this month are truly gorgeous. What a wonderful medley of colors and textures. Your photographs are fabulous too. I will be back to see more of your wonderful creations!

  6. Congratulations on winning Design of the Week! Your bracelet is beautiful and I love the details you included! This painting was a great inspirational piece.

  7. I am really honored to have all these kind comments from such great talents..thank-you all..and for helping me dust off the cobwebs from my blog!!

  8. Congratulations on being Designer of the Week at ABS. your piece is totally gorgeous. Love it.

  9. It is a very intricate and detailed design which makes it also very feminine.You deserve to win the honor...the bracelet absolutely amazing.Silver Charm Bracelet