Art Bead Scene January 2011 Challenge

Happy 2011!  Every month, Art Bead Scene issues a jewelry challenge and provides beautiful inspiration pieces to give us a place to start with our design.  This month's beautiful challenge art piece is:

"Brown River" by Wayne Thiebaud

I was struck first by the fantastic color palette, and then by the gentle movement of the river through the geometric shapes of the colorful fields.  Taking this inspiration, here is the piece I came up with:


These beautiful beads are from Gaea of Gaea Beads, and I paired them with (surprise!) copper wire to bring out the earthiness of the beads.  I love the organic shapes that these beads have, coupled by the fun geometric dots.


The focal was inspired by another one of Kerry Bogert's "Totally Twisted" designs, and I love the whimsical quality of the trapeze coupled with the polka dots on the heart.

For more inspiration, hop on over to the Art Bead Scene blog!
Judy said...

Wow, Molly it is such a great piece! I love the whimsical quality and the colors are spot on. Your wire work is spectacular, such an awesome job!

Heather Powers said...

I love it Molly! It's funny to see a few others worked with hearts for this challenge. I'm loving your playlist, I've been on your blog for listening for a while.

Suz said...

That's a charming piece, Molly. I really enjoy your work!
Thanks for sharing,

Gaea said...

Great design! I'm so glad you enjoyed the beads! Awesome wire work.

Cindy said...

Molly, what a beautiful representation of "Brown River", right down to the way you photographed your necklace - reminds me of the curves in the painting.

steufel said...

Oh, Molly, that is so pretty!

Malin de Koning said...

I love it!

TesoriTrovati said...

Awesome design Molly! I love the textures and the warm brown of the copper. Your bead choices are so pretty. This is a happy necklace!
Enjoy the day.