I follow the Art Bead Scene blog, and they have a monthly challenge to make a piece of jewellery using a painting as inspiration. This one is by Erte, and the warm red of the dress against the cool blue of the sky really appealed to me. I had lots of ideas percolating in my head, and finally forced myself to go down to the studio and try to make some of them happen (the deadline is tomorrow). None of my original plans happened, as it worked out, but I was determined to finish this challenge. The central bead and the blue bead are polymer clay, made by me, as are the two etched metal rings. The red focal pendant ended up with a distinctly Asian feel, but I feel it captures the motifs in the dress. The blue bead represents the snowy sky.
And, the aftermath. Some trays of beads that "auditioned" for the piece.
My very messy worktable. Creativity is NOT a tidy process!