I love this month's Art Bead Scene challenge picture, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, by John Singer Sargent:
The delicate colors and sweet subject matter are wonderful, but what really caught my eye in this painting is the contrast between light and dark, and how the artist used this to tell his story.
With this in mind, I created my challenge piece, "Light of the Heart":
I combined a beautiful metallic heart focal from Earthenwood Studios with gorgeous lampwork beads from White River Jewelry and Blue Seraphim, my own enameled beads and findings, and yellow jade rounds.
I used beautiful vintage gold seam tape paired with a matte black toggle to finish off the piece.
You can see this and other challenge pieces at the Art Bead Scene flickr group.