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.
About the Art
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.
‘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 design with a heat-treated patina