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Monday, May 30, 2011

ArtBead Scene May Challenge 'Hide and Seek'

 Cache-cache (Hide-and-Seek), 1873
 by Berthe Morisot

Oil on Canvas, 18 1/4" x 21 3/4" 
Art Bead Scene blog's monthly challenge was truly a challenge..this engaging painting by Berthe Moiret ..at least for me. The wonderful earthy greens ..so familiar.. so easy to work with..but black and white? I had never, up until now, used or appreciated black and white in jewelery. The more I gazed on the this bewitching composition the more I admired such skill for color and composition. I found it very difficult to re-create any thing near this genius.  Feeling that black and white could not be left out..the spark or what makes it 'pop'..I did my best resorting once again to a familiar medium..textiles.

Vintage silk crepe plisse and a bit of black velvet ribbon coupled with a vintage black glass saucer  bead with vintage black and white enamel flowers.

A totally wonderful and earthy raku art bead from WondrousStrange gave the greens and emeralds  life.

    A mix of labradorite, jade, faceted pearls, grassy green velvet and taffeta ribbon complete the picture.



  1. Gorgeously unique bracelet! It matches the painting so well.

  2. What a gorgeous bracelet full of depth and intrigue. I love those cool green hues, flashes of blue labradorite, and the softness of the white crepe plisse. Truly beautiful!

  3. A wonderful piece! Very inspired and beautiful!!
    Although I was a bit surprised to read that you were challenged by black and white - was it just the combination? Or is the lava you often use in your jewelry not the black kind?

  4. Thanks so much for the comments! I admit I was a bit unsure with this piece. Stregata.. I am comfortable with black..or white, for that matter..just wasn't my thing to use them together much less with earth tones..this challenge got me out of my 'box'!

  5. You are always so inspired! I love the soft fibers with the mix of greens. I think that the black and white really ground this piece and make it more special than if you had just stuck with the greens. So glad you shared it with us! I added it to the blog hop since I had missed one other one. Enjoy the day, Maryanne!

  6. This piece is simply exquisite - love the lush colors and textures!

  7. Another Stunning Creation!!!You have captured the feel of the art work with your creative gift. Beautiful!

    Loving my cuff!!!!!!