Art Bead Scene June challenge
June 6, 2011 § 3 Comments
There was a great selection of jewellery made for the May ABS challenge with lots of different textures and materials used from different designers. I didn’t win but I did have an image featured on the blog hop that you can read here – thank you to ABS for picking one of my images!
The new June challenge is up over on Art Bead Scene – and the inspiration painting is stunning! I hadn’t seen the work of this artist before and Malin’s post over on her blog shows some of the contrasting work that he created.
Although the shapes and the painterly effects of the painting are very soft and fluid, and would translate well into surface textures and mixed media, what I think I will concentrate on are the strong lines. The marked-off fields of colour of the left and right sides of the painting, the strong profile of Ophelia, and the clear round/linear shapes help to contain the splashy colour and define the sense of movement of Ophelia floating through the river.
I have a couple of beads from White Clover Kiln that fit into the colour scheme, but might also make some of my own. As well as the visual qualities of the painting, the subject matter – the drowned Ophelia – is another interesting concept I think I want to work with: the motif of woman, water, and melancholy/strength. Might even write about that in some more detail over on my other blog!
What stands out for you about this painting? What would you draw from it for inspiration?