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I had to get in on the Art Bead Scene Challenge this month – the painting was stunning, and had a mass of green-gold tones, which I adore:

Plus, painted by a woman, featuring a woman (and not in the ‘woman as object’ pose that often permeates, well, everything) – it was the perfect painting to make me join in *G*.





The greens are more olive really – I still suck at photos :(

I have some gunmetal findings which I thought would echo the darker tones very well, and I brightened them up a little with some of my polymer clay beads made specifically for this challenge in lovely green and golds, with lighter leaf and vine motifs. The deep brown carved coconut flowers hint at the darkness within the orb, and I finished the necklace off with a polymer flower, again in muted green, which is a nod to the flower decorations on the central character’s hair.

 

So I was reading through the Art Bead Scene blog, and looking at their Monthly Challenge picture, which is Persia by Geroge Barbier, and suddenly the next day I had these:

Only a very small aspect of the original inspiration is seen in these beads, but I was pretty pleased with the overall look of them, especially as I don’t usually plan out a specific design, and rarely manage to use actual art as a jumping off point (I am emphatically NOT knowledgeable about art *G*) I’m not entering the challenge because I don’t have other elements that I would need, but it’s been like my own mini-challenge!

In other bloggy news, the usual Sunday Browsing feature was lacking last week, because I didn’t have the time (or internet vouchers) to do any browsing – that’s right, it’s not just a conceit, I really do browse through Etsy on Sundays usually *G* It’ll be back this Sunday though.

 

I find Sunday a great day for browsing around Etsy shops, taking notes about what I plan to buy – or what I would buy if I had the money. There are some lovely paintings on Etsy which are naturally very expensive, so thank goodness for prints; a great way to get a little piece of art.

Here’s a taster of Etsy artists’ shop I’ve been wandering around today…
A ** next to a listing denotes possible mature subject matter.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44048724/original-abstract-landscape-painting
by Michelle Geromel

Michelle Geromel

Mouthwatering abstract landscapes (yes, I said mouthwatering. They look delicious!), and bold figure paintings.**

Emily Balivet:
Art featuring various mythologies and goddesses, full of life and colour.**
Marni Mutrux:
Gorgeous painted studies of women.**

Shellie Mitchell :

This artist uses fabric over wood to portray her art, and it works beautifully.

Jordanka Yaretz:

Among other subjects, this artist paints trees – but that’s saying too little. These tree painting are striking studies of silhouettes and colours, and I love the way that the trees are used almost as negative space.

Victoria Webb:

Amazing figure paintings, as well as a beautiful, rich landscape series.**

Kristina Laurendi Havens :

The range and fullness of colour in this artist’s paintings is breathtaking; the warm and cool tones draw out life from the pictures.**

Kim Onyskiw:

Deceptively simple acrylic lanscape paintings, that capture a mood in a few colours.

Hope you enjoy!

 

Well, here’s a proper inaugural post:

I love making Treasuries on Etsy – it’s like making a personalised window display – but they of course always expire too soon! So, here’s a selection of lovely things on the theme of Women in Art, featuring art by or about women, because they deserve to be seen as much as possible. (Edit: I don’t mean *women* deserve to be seen as much as possible, I mean this art does. Oh, you knew what I meant.)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20454214
A Year’s Time by J Downey: the expression on the figure’s face is just so tranquil.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24450024
No Juliet by K M Watkins: a less tragic, more empowering end to a classic.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24258359
The Ride by Pam Reinke: joyous and carefree.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12825107
Women Graduate by adelaise: portrays an important moment.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18037729
A Womyn in Question by giovannacoraggio: this woman’s expression is simply captivating.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21318266
Camouflage by mookiejones: no, it’s not a metaphor for women’s studies (well, I guess it could be if you perform a metaphorical squint, I don’t know), but it’s painted by a woman, and it’s stunning.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20086841
The Vote by meop808: a wonderful moment in history.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23159106
Rosa in Blue by Victoria Webb: wistful and melancholy.

Please go see them :D

 
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