Friday, August 10, 2012

All Free Jewelry Challenge

Acrobat and Young Harlequin1 Join the AllFreeJewelryMaking Beading Challenge!

AFJ Aug 12- When I shop I try to pick up different beads that I normally would not use just to challenge myself.  The glass striped beads I picked up at Walmart in their $1 bin.  I added turquoise glass beads and two rusty brown ceramic beads and strung on memory wire.  I had fun with this challenge and was glad I was able to use these beads.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August ABS Challenge

About the Art
Few of Homer's watercolors rival this one for its effects of shimmering sunlight and steamy atmosphere, achieved through the rapid application of wet-on-wet surfaces, the broad and dexterous exploitation of the white paper reserve, and the judicious sponging of wet pigment, especially in the shadows, reflecting light off the water. This picture is also exceptional for the number and visibility of its pencil marks, not only to indicate some of the boats' rigging (and betraying the pentimento of a sloop in the background that the artist edited out), but also to enliven the rustle of the sailcloth lifted by a phantom breeze. By contrast, Homer, in masterly fashion, merely daubed in the figures freehand, sacrificing nothing of their form and weight—they even seem to speak.

About the Artist
Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art.
Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations.

Here is my submission for August ABS.  This necklace reminds me of all the colors of the sea and the bead reminds me of a fish. I loved doing this and some other ideas too if I get a chance to post them.

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