Art Bead Scene Editors Take The Challenge



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art Bead Scene Editors Take the Challenge Blog Hop


The colors of Milton Avery's painting, Autumn, are the kind of stunning mix that make me want to get out the clay and create beads. When Heather Powers suggested we have an Art Bead Scene Editors Take the Challenge Blog hop this month I readily signed on.

   That swath of magenta arching  across the painting is what inspired me the most and was my greatest challenge as well.  Not an easy color to mix with the ceramic glazes I have.  So my first beads were cold glazed.

                                        Cold Glazed Stoneware Bead by Mary Harding
Cold Glazed Ceramic beads by Mary Harding
Which means that I fired the green stoneware clay beads to Cone 5, about 2200F and then added color with artist's crayons and sealed the them with a Matte Fixative.  In other words, the color is not a fired ceramic glaze.
Actually, I never got the magenta color right with my glazes but that didn't stop me since there are so many other wonderful colors and color combos in this painting like the oranges, reds and yellows.
                                                 Daisy Pendant by Mary Harding

                                 Three domed disk Maple Leaf Beads by Mary Harding


                                     Night Daisy Cabochon by Mary Harding

                                                              Bird by Mary Harding

And black
                                        Black raku beads by Mary Harding

My second most favorite part of Milton Avery's painting is his use of shapes.  I love those trees made of descending rectangles and tried to re-create them in a series of beads:
                                   Rectangle beads with center holes by Mary Harding

And finally, a group shot

                   Beads inspired by the painting Autumn by Milton Avery (some available in myEtsy Shop)

Be sure to stop by the other ABS Editors' posts.  Links are below.
 Erin Prais-Hintz
Tari Sasser
Heather Powers
Claire Lockwood

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