This painting, Boreas, by John William Waterhouse (1903), is the challenge inspiration at the Art Bead Scene blog this month. Boreas was the purple-winged Greek god of the north wind. I love this idea of using a piece of art to inspire jewelry designs…it could be the mood, colors, setting, subject of the piece. This one in particular has so many different options beginning with a beautiful color palette, perfect for the steel wire I’m currently using. The female figure stands firm against the strong wind…her thin inadequate wrap a beautiful blue gray…the small pale gold daffodil tucked into her hair is a hopeful sign of the fullness of Spring approaching.
Here’s my entry, a necklace reworked, with the addition of a beautiful ceramic butterfly, and lamp work bead pendant, mixed with sari silk and wind whipped steel components.
A close up to appreciate the two gorgeous art beads purchased at The Bouncing Bead today. Thanks, Kristi, for helping in the search for the perfect beads!