Saturday, May 26, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
At Sweet Bead Studio, Cindy organized a button swap/hop. My swap partner was Shirley Moore in SC. Since I am new, I didn't think to take a picture of the buttons she sent, but the buttons were wonderful. I picked out the very cute clay heart button she created, then a green with white, a decorative gold one and a white pearl one. The green, white, and pearl buttons I stacked together with a little glue then attached a jump ring to the back. The cute pink and green heart I used wire and did little curly cues to the front to hold the heart, then twisted it in the back and attached it to the jump ring on the back of the button stack. The rest of the necklace is made up of button, and beads that I had. I had a great time doing this and look forward to the next one. Thanks Cindy! Below is a list of other participants and the wonderful creations they made.Since I am new to blogging also, I hope the links all work . Thanks for looking!
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Italian's House at Monmarte by Maurice UtrilloOil on panel, 53 x 76 cm
About the Art
Maurice Utrillo painted Post-Impressionism cityscapes and was attracted by ordinary houses and suburban churches. These themes, associated with painters such as Daumier, Pissaro and Caillebotte, became Utrillo's chief source of inspiration, but he soon turned to a more ambitious subject—cathedrals. He was concerned with the development of an ordered composition and a flattened treatment of space that suggested the artificial appearance of theatre. During World War I he found that such subjects allowed him to project strong emotions.
From 1909 until 1914 Utrillo mixed glue, plaster or cement with his paint to obtain the whites for which he became famous. His paintings of buildings show a striking contrast between the boldness of his color and his painstaking draughtsmanship (traces of his having used a ruler and compass are often noticeable). Carried to their logical conclusion, these experiments led him to produce austere monochrome paintings in beige and grey.
When I saw this picture, I couldn't really think of anything. It seemed like colors we have used before, BUT, I went thrift shop hopping and found a bag of beads. Of course I didn't connect the two until I got them home and cleaned them up. Once cleaned up the connection was made and the designed just unfolded. I used every bead except 2 or 3. The pendant part has a house painted on it. And the colors just seem to really match. I had so much fun with this design. Don't know who made the beads, they were just in a bag at the thrift store.
On the necklace I created the connection for the top of the three beaded wires out of eye pins with the beads.
I had so much fun, I can hardly wait til next month.