I tend to turn to music when I don't know how to express my feelings. A song just pops up in my head. And just now this one did. I haven't listened to it for ages. And even longer ago since I saw the video. Boost!
Please, if you feel like it, help me by suggesting a suitable name for it. No price to win, just my gratitude :-). Here are a few brainstorm words to set you off: Caribbean, best friends forever, friends, ocean, branch, teal, aqua, pool, Florida, lime, and so on to whatever you come to think of when you see it.
ABS Monthly Challenge for November. Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni, by Marie Spartali Stillman. A painting in the style of the British Pre-Raphaelite movement, which in turn was inspired by the Rennaissance and also the Post-Rennaissance movement called Mannierism. The Pre-Raphaelites were around in the second half of the 19th century. Spartali Stillman was considered the greatest female artist of that movement (I just read up on that).
Apart from feeling very Pre-Raphaelite I definately get a Rennaissance feeling from this painting. Mona-Lisa clearly comes to mind. And Botticelli's The Birth of Venus. But if I take away all my art history connotations and just look at the picture I think of words like noble, elevated, serene, class, stillness, gossamer (the white flowers) contrasting with density (the fabric in her dress, and an overall somewhat mystical air, you don't really get close to that woman do you. Then I look at the colors also. Hm, very interesting, not my common scheme. Olive green, ochre, rusty brown, wine red, lime green, white sprinkles, and the more blue-ish colors in the background landscape.
So ... how about my own creation then? Well, it contains all the elements I mentioned above, in the parts. But as a whole composition it is far more robust, and maybe even rustic, than the feeling you get from the paiting. And that's something I like about it. A feel of today, but inspired by and connected to something in the past. I am very happy with this piece. :-)
About the beads I used
I just very recently got the golden swirly shell-ly beads from MissFickleMedia. I had thought to use them in a pair of earrings ...
The dark metallic green facetted nuggets are made by Floridity, from her Erudite collection.
They marry so well those two! Don't you agree.
Other beads and components are:
Magnetic ball clasp
Hydro Grossular Grenade rounds
Rainbow Moonstone facetted Heishi
Twisted Hex Miyuki white on gilt beads
The bracelet is sitting just a little little too tight on my own wrist. I can wear it, but ... I would like another half a centimeter. I might get around re-stringing it. Unless I make sure to sell it soon to someone more thin-wristed. I think it is a perfect piece to wear for the season coming up.
Please, I wish to get your opinion on this picture of me. Is it a good one to use as a photo of me when I am submitting to for instance a magazine? I assume it will most often be printed much smaller than what you see it here in any case. Like a thumbnail. I'm wearing a Marsha Neal Scarf and the newly made earrings you see above here. With MissFickleMedia petals. Oh, and this is also the the first time I go public with my new hair-do. It's grown a bit now since I cut it. I borrowed my husbands trimmer and cut it on the shortest. So ... But now I feel I need to go to the hair dresser to get a nice and proper cut. Soon.
Today you can read my first contribution post on the blog Grateful Living. Hurry there now. I am so eager to hear what you think. Please leave comments.
All my best,
Malin P.S. You should also become followers of this amazing blog. There are so many fantastic contributors and many good and thought-breaking (can you say that?) posts. Different people three or four times a week. Very worth it.
Oh, lovely gems. Most of them from StarEyes a great Swedish online bead shop. I am dreaming away, and may soon very likely place an order. I first just wanna hear what Heidi Post thinks about an offer I've gave her. (Hi there Heidi! This post is mainly for you :-)) She has posted on her blog about some super nice gems she recently aquired. Check it out her post here.