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June Art Bead Scene Challenge June 13, 2013

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Hello, everyone!

Art Bead Scene hosts a wonderful monthly challenge with inspiration from a fine art piece.

The one caveat is that your original design must include at least one hand-made art bead.

June’s art work is a gorgeous watercolor that simply makes me want to pack my bags

and go spend a month at this seaside village!

june 2013 - franklin carmichael - jackknife village - palette 2

Jackknife Village, 1926

Franklin Carmichael

Watercolor on Paper

Color palette by Brandi Hussey

About the Art
In step with the fashions of the times, his work increasingly reflected the flat, simplified design popular in the 1920s.
During the late 1930s and 1940s, he branched out and worked on wood engravings and linocuts, all with the same precision and rhythmic quality of his paintings.
About the Artist
Canadian artist, Franklin Carmichael, May 4, 1890 – October 24, 1945.
The youngest and original member of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael was born in 1890 in Orillia, Ontario. His father was a carriage maker. Carmichael arrived in Toronto at the age of twenty and entered the Ontario College of Art, where he studied with William Cruickshank and George Reid. In 1911, he began working as an apprentice at Grip Ltd. for $2.50 a week. He then joined Tom Thomson and other painters who were training to become serious artists, joining them on weekend sketching trips. He moved to Belgium in 1913 to study painting but due to the war soon returned to his native Ontario to rejoin the other artists. Carmichael was greatly influenced by Tom Thomson and shared space with him at the Studio Building in 1914. He was also on the fringe of the group because of his difference in age and was closely associated with the newer members of the Group of Seven.
Along with A. J. Casson and F. H. Brigden, Carmichael founded the Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1925. He also founded the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933, which several members of the Group of Seven would later join. He taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1932 to 1945.
Famous for his watercolours, many of his paintings depict Ontarian landscapes.

This painting that calls back a bucolic life was a delightful inspiration with so many directions to go.

I finally decided to go purely with the colors on this one.

Especially the lovely purple mountains and azure waters.

When I started dabbling in the acrylic paints for these two polymer clay beads however,

I’m afraid I got a teensy bit carried away with the vibrant side of these hues.

Jun ABS 2

June ABS submission

I seriously thought about toning them down to more closely match the colors in this painting,

but in the end, fell in love with my original choices, plus a dash of gold for the rolling hills.

Wouldn’t these be perfect for a seaside summer vacation?

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2 Responses to “June Art Bead Scene Challenge”

  1. Yes, they certainly would!! Your handmade beads (and their colors!) are just lovely! These are some really pretty summer earrings.

    • They were a bit of messy fun to paint, for sure. And I’m so spoiled that I live about 20 minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast, so I guess I’ll just enjoy them right where I am.


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