Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge

Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge showcases the artwork of Taisia Afonina's Still Life With Pussy Willows~1964.  Afonina was a well known Russian artist specializing in oil painting and watercolors and was famous for her still-life paintings.

This month's challenge features a great example of Afonina's still-life paintings and her masterful ability to play with color and light.  See how the subtle changes in the light within the painting also changes the colors in the painting.  You can almost feel the air in the room.  This play on color and lighting allows the viewer to form a relationship with the portrait.  For example you might see a breezy afternoon tea or an early spring morning perhaps the pussy willows in the foreground and the white curtains in the background give the appearance of spring coming after winter.  It triggers something different for everyone.  This is creativity at it's best.

By Taisia Afonina 
While sifting through the beads in my stash I had a bit of a challenge pulling colors that fit perfectly with this play on color.  Before I knew it I had greys, whites or should it be more white and less grey?  There are varying shades of grey or is it a subtle hint of green, blue green or blue grey?  Once I embraced the idea I was able to find a combination of beads that I feel represent the painting nicely.

My ART beads are created by Amy Nealy of Xaz Beads.  Three medium nuggets in the new GALACTIC color measure about 16-18mm.  Those lovely beads are surrounded by Swarovski's new Scarabaeus green pearls (6/8mm).  I recently wrote a post about Swarovski's new designs here.  Swarovski crystals in light chrome (4mm) and capri blue (6mm), small hematite discs and white cat eye beads (4mm) along with seed beads in gray mist make up the band of the bracelet.  I tried my hand at creating a clasp using artistic wire in teal.  

This is my submission for this month's challenge.  Please visit the Art Bead Scene pinterest board and the ABS blog to see jewelry submissions and art beads for the March challenge.

Keep Creating, 



  1. What a cool collection of beads, and I really like what you did with them! The colors are great too!

  2. I love how you brought in those metallic touches in the painting in the raku beads.

    1. Thanks for visiting and your comments are always welcome!

  3. Hi Karen, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I've never seen the idea of making something with beads based on a photo. It's a great idea for interpretation and the beads and colours you chose turned out nicely.


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