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Art Bead Scene February Challenge February 15, 2014

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This is one of my favorite on-going jewelry challenges on the web, yet I haven’t participated in quite a while. It’s hosted by Art Bead Scene. The designers offer up a different fine art piece each month as an inspiration for a jewelry design, which must include at least one handmade art bead.  Here is this month’s colorful painting and a little bit about the artist, Paul Klee.

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The Rose Garden, 1920
by Paul Klee
Oil on cardboard
19 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (49 x 42.5 cm)

 About the Art

Cubism had a heavy influence on Swiss-born artist and graphic designer Paul Klee, as demonstrated by the flat 2 dimensional planes and geometric shapes in his painting but his ambitions with colour never faltered.
In his painting of The Rose Garden, Klee broke down the scene into well-defined lines and painted with various patches of a single predominant color. Different objects in the picture (such as a church, tower, fish, etc.) were outlined blocks before adding various tones of a single color to create depth and a multi-dimensional picture. The effect is that you see something new each time you look at the picture from a different perspective. The painting looks like a patchwork quilt, but with more dimension.
About the Artist

‘Art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible.’     Paul Klee

 Paul Klee (1879-1940) is one of the 20th century’s most influential and much-loved artists. He is best known for his vibrant colour compositions, cosmic metaphors and fantastic landscapes. Much has been made of their inventiveness and of their humour however Klee’s charm as a storyteller conceals a profound exploration of picture-making which produced one of the most original bodies of work realised by a modern artist.

I was struck by the geometric lines and vibrant colors in this work.

It just so happens that I was also working on an etched copper piece

with similar line designs and decided to use this as a pendant in my Klee inspired

necklace. It was also a perfect opportunity for me to work on asymmetry in

design (always a bugger for me).  I was even able to work in a bit of Pantone’s

Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid,

with two gorgeous lamp work beads by Juli Cannon of StudioJuls.

They’re a glowing addition to this necklace

and a nice compliment to the dark red sari silk.

copper etched bar close up

Final shot of etched copper

Copper etched design with a heat-treated patina

Here’s another etched copper bar that I curved

to created this soft, ethnic wrap bracelet,

this time braiding the sari silk ribbon.

etched bracelet

The etching process is the major technique taught this session

in the Adult School metal’s class. It’s laborious and smelly,

but with interesting and satisfying outcomes.


4 Responses to “Art Bead Scene February Challenge”

  1. Monique U Says:

    Looks like you are getting a lot out of your classes, as usual, Lynda 🙂 I’m always excited to see how everyone will interpret the monthly paintings. Again, your design is unique and beautiful. I’m hoping to get in this month; I have a little tray with some beads selected… just waiting for time to fine-tune it 🙂

  2. I really loves these two so much. The red is just awesome. I have really gone out of my comfort zone lately using orange and red and cobalt blue. So fun!

  3. Both of your pieces are outstanding! I think this is such a wonderful challenge, and your pieces are terrific entries! Love the splashes of color and your original designs!

  4. Juli Says:

    L O V E. Such a bold and vibrant combination of colors and components!

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