Time for ABS October challenge !http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2011/10/october-monthly-challenge.html
This month's painting is a delight of muted color and natural items!
I adore " Hedgehog in a Landscape" by Giovanna Garzoni
At first glance , I knew I would make some lovely neutral oak leaves...just my style. No brainer ...right ?
Then I began to read about the artist .
Giavanna began painting as a young girl and was one of the first women to paint still life.
In our time, not extraordinary , in hers a very brave move.
Thinking about this , I was drawn to ideas of strong women .
I mused about womanhood and our close connection to the forces of nature.
My inspiration evolved into a earth mother theme .
My focal idea became a " Goddess bead".
I somehow saw a heart shape in that hedge hog's face ...don't ask!
I used the heart shape in the pendant and the clasp bead.
Along the way my goddess became a bit more "Greek statue " and less "primitive icon" .
But, I was pleased with the shape and the way the clay developed shading .I picked some natural silk ribbon for the softness of womanhood . I added stoneware worn smooth by the ocean waves.
Pieces that stay strong against the elements and become more beatuiful with age .
I added a snail shell and some acorns,items straight from the painting ,that are ancient fertility symbols.
Then just a few leaves for balance ...
my necklace was finished ...
or was it ???
Goddess beads aren't for everyone or for everyday.
I make no apology for using the frank beauty of the female form in my creation .
However ,I kept rethinking my design .Was my focal more new young beauty than the classic earth mother I had envisioned ?
I took my necklace to my most frank critics , close friends!
My friends range from quirky mixed media artist to prim and proper conservative !
They are kind and rarely say "what were you thinking "!!!
But, if they say "oh that's nice " ...well ...I get the point!!!
As a whole they liked my design !
One friend ,who happens to be pregnant, loved it !!!
However, she admitted she probably wouldn't actually wear it .
She thought a more primitive goddess would be closer to her style.
So we Googled Goddesses for comparison .
We both loved an ancient design with a spiral fertility symbolize on it.
back to the drawing board , ie: clay table.
I created a new softer looking female form and I used the snail shell to give her a spiral on the tummy !
I am finally content with my creation !
I followed that gut feeling and rethought my concept .
Sometimes a revisit and and redo are in order !
Please don't tell , but my necklace is going to be part of a baby shower gift for my friend !
revisit a not quite right design
Bead Happy !