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Monday, November 28, 2011

Art Bead Scene November Challenge

The Art bead Scene's challenge this month.. inspired by the painting 'Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni'. in watercolour, gouache and gum arabic... by Marie Spartali Stillmen. (1844-1927)  Born in Middlesex in 1843, daughter of Michael Spartali, import-export merchant and sometime Greek consul in London 

The woman in the painting is a character from the Italian poet Dante. She was described as a heartless lady dressed in green. In her hand she holds a crystal bowl reflecting the figures of Love and Dante .

I really wasn't intending to do the challenge this month..so close to Christmas..so much to do. But when I saw the painting chosen by the editors of ABS..my absolute favorite colors..golden greens, chestnut browns,the romance in the setting and all that wonderful fabric! sigh..wish I had started a month ago..but here is my entry.

Another fascinating art bead from wondrous strange..meant to be a bezel for resin or a glass cab..to remember the cystal bowl held by the femme fatale in the paintng. But I found it impossible to use the glass cab, for the beautiful texture of the raku ceramic focal would be lost!

Left it alone and added a vintage velvet remnant that had it all..well almost...those olive greens, the chestnut brown  and subtle flowers playing with the warm colors.

Vintage brass beaded chain with tiny shabby yellow enameled  brass flowers wraps, together with the velvet, three times around the wrist for a fabric cuff bracelet...  'Madonna Pietra'.


  1. Wonderful interpretation of the painting!

  2. It is a lovely piece! Oh, I crave to touch it. And to try it on. Love all the textures. Beautiful.

  3. This is beautiful. I'd love to see a photo of it being worn.

  4. Yes..photos being worn are much better..waiting for my 'model' to return home from school for Christmas..:)
    Stregata ..thank-you so much for ALL your insights and comments!
    Malin..just a bit more of those kind comments and I'll be compelled to send it to you to try it on..:)!

  5. :-)

    Ooooooohhhh yes. Would you sell it to me?

    And I also have to say the photography is gorgeous. Rembrandt-esque!

  6. Oh Mary Anne, this is beautiful. And especially the last photo of this georgeous piece is a piece of art itself.
    Yesterday I finally wrote a new blog post and noticed that you had commented on my "Tamba Counts" earrings. Blogger didin't tell me!!! Thank you :)

  7. Hi Mary Anne, I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find more informations about it on my blog :) Xoxo Janna

  8. Hi there, Kate from Quisnam here. Just to let you know I’ve nominated you for an Awesome Blogger Award. Check out http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/ for more info. And, as I said in my blog, if you have the time and the inclination to follow the criteria for the Awesome Blogger Award that’s super but please don’t feel obliged and don’t feel in the least bit guilty if you don't wish to.

  9. Oops - just noticed Palimpalim nominated you too - don't 'spose it matters. Kate

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  11. Your jewelry is gorgeous and as the product of inspiration from other artwork, very unique, Mary.