Friday, July 7, 2017

July, Art Bead Scene Challenge!!!

Look at me getting my blog post done early...ha ha!  Go, me!

Tiger in a Tropical Storm
Henri Rousseau
Oil Painting

For my first design I used one of my most coveted beads -  my Anne Choi, tiger!!  I've had it for years and it felt so good to see it come to life in this way.  I wanted to keep with the strong primitive design and carry it through, so I wire wrapped everything and chose a hand carved polymer focal by Staci Louise Smith. I felt it brought out the suggestion of a tiger and I loved the irregular organic shape.  I also added a lovely tribal bead from Gaea Handmade which a had a great Asian feel.  To bring out the greenery of the jungle I added some very large faceted green stones.  I purchased them in a destash and I think they are jade but I can't be sure because I'm bad about writing these things down!  doh!!

Next earrings!  'Cause you know me and earrings!

These lovely big kitties are made by Kiyoi Design and are composed of white copper.  I used some beautiful green enameled pieces by Jade Scott that resembled a headdress least in my mind they do!  

Hot-Diggity this was a fun challenge!!!  I really love doing them!  Thank you soooo much for taking the time to pop in!

Loralee :)  meow!

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Art Bead Scene Challenge

The Art Bead Scene June Challenge

About the Artist
Odilon Redon was born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, to a prosperous family. The young Bertrand-Jean Redon acquired the nickname "Odilon" from his mother, Odile. Redon started drawing as a child; and, at the age of ten, he was awarded a drawing prize at school. He began the formal study of drawing at fifteen; but, at his father's insistence, he changed to architecture. Failure to pass the entrance exams at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts ended any plans for a career as an architect, although he briefly studied painting there under Jean-Léon Gérôme in 1864. (His younger brother Gaston Redon would become a noted architect.)
Back in his native Bordeaux, he took up sculpting, and Rodolphe Bresdin instructed him in etching and lithography. His artistic career was interrupted in 1870 when he was drafted to serve in the army in the Franco-Prussian War until its end in 1871.
At the end of the war, he moved to Paris and resumed working almost exclusively in charcoal and lithography. He called his visionary works, conceived in shades of black, his noirs. It was not until 1878 that his work gained any recognition with Guardian Spirit of the Waters; he published his first album of lithographs, titled Dans le Rêve, in 1879. Still, Redon remained relatively unknown until the appearance in 1884 of a cult novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans titled À rebours (Against Nature). The story featured a decadent aristocrat who collected Redon's drawings.
In the 1890s pastel and oils became his favored media; he produced no more noirs after 1900. In 1899, he exhibited with the Nabis at Durand-Ruel's.
Redon had a keen interest in Hindu and Buddhist religion and culture. The figure of the Buddha increasingly showed in his work. Influences of Japonism blended into his art, such as the painting The Death of the Buddha around 1899, The Buddha in 1906, Jacob and the Angel in 1905, and Vase with Japanese warrior in 1905, amongst many others.[4][5]
Baron Robert de Domecy (1867–1946) commissioned the artist in 1899 to create 17 decorative panels for the dining room of the Château de Domecy-sur-le-Vault near Sermizelles in Burgundy. Redon had created large decorative works for private residences in the past, but his compositions for the château de Domecy in 1900–1901 were his most radical compositions to that point and mark the transition from ornamental to abstract painting. The landscape details do not show a specific place or space. Only details of trees, twigs with leaves, and budding flowers in an endless horizon can be seen. The colours used are mostly yellow, grey, brown and light blue. The influence of the Japanese painting style found on folding screens byōbu is discernible in his choice of colours and the rectangular proportions of most of the up to 2.5 metres high panels. Fifteen of them are located today in the Musée d'Orsay, acquisitioned in 1988.
Domecy also commissioned Redon to paint portraits of his wife and their daughter Jeanne, two of which are in the collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Getty Museum in California. Most of the paintings remained in the Domecy family collection until the 1960s.
In 1903 Redon was awarded the Legion of Honor. His popularity increased when a catalogue of etchings and lithographs was published by André Mellerio in 1913; that same year, he was given the largest single representation at the New York Armory Show, in Utica, New York.
Redon died on July 6, 1916.

 For this pair I used some beautiful vintage pink with colorful frit glass tubes that were a gift from my beady friend Cheryl Zink.  The handmade pewter charms were made by Vincent and Nooma Cav of Inviciti.  The moment I saw them I knew they were perfect for this month's challenge.  These I'm hanging onto because OMG I must!  LOL

Again, handmade pewter charms from Inviciti!  How perfect!   I used some vintage rings and beautiful polymer beads by Graceful Willow Beads on Etsy.

Okay, I had a blast with these!  I hand painted some milagro charms, and believe it or not, I painted them these colors before I saw the challenge painting...LOL .  No, really!  The fabric Cocoons are by my wonderful friend Anna Pierson of Sagahus Components you can find her on facebook!

Thank  you so much for popping in!  I loved this painting more than anything and could have gone on and on making more pieces!!

Loralee :) . xo . meow!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Earrings Everyday Firefly Inspired June Theme!  How could I resist!?

Growing up in the mid-west, fireflies or lightening bugs, have been apart of every summer in my life.  I can't think of a more beloved memory.  

I first saw these amazing hand painted firefly tube beads by Summer Wind Art and knew I had to have them.  I played around with a few ideas but unexpectedly a tribal feel came out. I had purchased some Lillypilly bone donuts in a destash but they needed some glow, so I used a gold leafing pen to jazz them up!  The pattern of swirls remind me of the dance they do in the air!

Thank you for stopping by!

Loralee ~ xoxo meow

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Art Bead Scene Challenge for May was a bit of a struggle at first.  Turned out to be a good creative workout though!  That's exactly why I do them!

Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle
Pablo Picasso
Oil On Canvas

About the Art
This painting is an example of the Cubist technique that was developed by Picasso and Braque in Paris before the First World War. Cubism moved away from the traditional realistic depiction of an object from a single viewpoint. Rather than attempt to create a three-dimensional likeness, objects were fragmented and seen from different angles, blurring the distinction between two- and three-dimensional representation. The two artists were influenced to some extent by Cézanne's method of breaking down all forms into basic geometric shapes.
Here, the fragmented forms of a table, a bowl of fruit, a bottle, a newspaper and a violin can be identified. The artist has used areas of strong flat color, painted dots, bare canvas and grains of sand to suggest the presence of these objects. 
This combination is characteristic of Picasso's Synthetic Cubism, in which he put together, or 'synthesised', areas of color and texture to evoke recognizable objects. The shapes and colors are skilfully balanced to maintain the appearance of flatness and they echo one another throughout to create a satisfying and harmonious whole.
—The National Gallery

I used handmade Indonesian resin pieces. These beads are not mass produced. They are made as a  small cottage industry, often family members, working in groups of 2-3.

Here I had a little fun with Cubism  - Kitty Kubism??  Ha ha  :)

I reached into my beloved stashed of Jade Scott to find this wonderful piece.  I knew I wanted to create very defined space so I used large squared hammered rings.  Then, by some miracle, my sweet beady friend, Cathleen Zaring of Blue Hare Art Wear, contacted me and said she was inspired by this month's ABS painting and had created a set of connectors for me!!  Woo-hooo!  When I first received them I was tempted to use them as earrings, because, that's my  go-to thang.  But, ahhhhhh  look how fabulous they worked in this necklace!!  How could I not?!!!

Thanks for popping in!  I really appreciate it!

Loralee  :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Art Bead Scene April Challenge 

April's challenge featured the work of Paul Gauguin.

I adored the colors of this brilliant painting, which made it easy for me to creatively fall into.  I decided on earrings this time around because I happened to have the perfect charms which I had purchased from Kiyoi Design on Etsy.  Each charm pair played on a different color focus.

Well,  May is upon us so I am looking forward to the next monthly challenge!  \Take care and thanks for stopping by -  Loralee

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I'm so late!  But Spring is not!  I made these pieces for the Art Bead Scene March challenge and I thought I had posted them already!!  I've had a lot of family issues going on, so my mind is not all on beads as usual!  lol . So here is quick recap, as it's already April and the next challenge will be posted soon.

I made two pieces, a necklace and a pair of earrings.

The necklace features beads by Diane Hawkey and Joan Miller!  I forged the bar and wire wrapped tiny seed beads to it.  The cubes are vintage glass that I got in a destash from Allegory Gallery.

Here are the earrings!    I used some lovely pairs of stone which I purchased at Bead & Button last year.  The birds are in a lovey rustic ceramic.  I messy wrapped the wire to form a nest and added bits of crystal to give it a little light.

Friday, March 24, 2017

I've participated in my first BEAD SOUP BLOG HOP!  ***Confetti ..woo-hoo*****

The object of the Hop, is to swap a hoarded bead/beads with a given partner and to use them in a design.  This is what I sent to my partner Lori Anderson....
All wrapped and ready to ship!
I sent a lovely Round Rabbit heart, some vintage Lucite and  black etched glass daggers.

And, this is what I received in exchange!  Beautiful ceramic pendants by Lisa Peters, a stunning set of lampwork glass by Jelveh Jaferian, limited edition Swarovski crystals and many other sweet little supplies!!  Lori was so generous!   She placed everything in little cupcake liners and wrapped it all in a beautiful kitchen tea towel!!  Squeeeee, I adore that vintage feel towel!!  :D


Okay, here is what I made! ... Soup is served!!

Lampwork by Jelveh Jaferian and the focal by Rama Raku, which I added to the soup mix!  I picked up this lovely piece at an Andrew Thornton destash event.  He has the coolest stuff!

And for the necklace.....

These are the two ceramic pendants by Lisa Peters I received! One of my favorite artists by the way ... how did my partner know?!

At first I was going to make a chunky choker, stringing the pieces side by side, but, I really felt that it was a better fit to be strung vertically in a long drop pendant. I'm a "rules of three" gal, most of the time, so I went hunting for a coordinating third pendant to finish off the necklace.  I was thrilled to dip into my retired  Jade Scott collection! I used a connector at the bottom and was able to utilize  the three holes in the copper bezel to attach the Swarovski crystals that Lori sent!  Ta-da!   

Here is another view!  Thank you for stopping by to have a look!!  I had a great time swapping and working on a necklace and bracelet for a change!  It's good to step out of your comfort zone and that's what I find these challenges do best!  

Here is the link to hop back to the blog list...  This is my first blog hop so I'm not sure I'm doing this

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