Hope many of you are enjoying the Art Bead Scene Challenges and Blog Hops I have posted the last few months. Each month a fine art painting has been selected as a design inspiration. Then, at the end of each month, those who participate have a blog hop to show off their jewelry designs. This month’s work is particularly interesting…a Picasso, but one I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before. ( The sidebar color palette was added to assist us in our design choices. )
Two Acrobats and a Dog was painted in 1905.
Here’s what Art Bead Scene posted about Picasso and this painting.
About the Art
Our inspiration this month is from Picasso’s his Rose Period. The Rose Period signifies the time when the style of Pablo Picasso’s painting used cheerful orange and pink colours in contrast to the cool, somber tones of the previous Blue Period. The Rose Period lasted from 1904 to 1906. Harlequins, circus performers and clowns appear frequently in the Rose Period and will populate Picasso’s paintings at various stages through the rest of his long career. The harlequin, a comedic character usually depicted in checkered patterned clothing, became a personal symbol for Picasso..
About the Artist
Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.
With such a predominance of blues in this work, it has been suggested that we combine this month’s challenge and the 700 Bracelets Project (also a blue theme with a link between the color blue in denim JEANS to reflect their work with rare disease GENES research… Get it?
So here is my first piece, inspired by this Picasso work. Not for the Art Bead Scene challenge, because there are no art beads in this bracelet (I hope to have something else later this month to submit to the challenge). But this particular bracelet that will be donated to 7000 Bracelets Project. I just loved all the blues and a touch of yellow in the painting and when I found a bag of mixed blue buttons, I couldn’t resist. Strung on some black waxed cotton cord with a few seed beads for accent.
Happy, happy, happy. That’s how this bracelet makes me feel. And optimistic, which is what I hope the family member of someone living with a rare genetic disease will feel, when they receive this bracelet.