I have no clue how or why it happens but I always turn up for the monthly Artbeadscene challenge when they have a red – orange – yellow palette. The January inspiration is a painting by Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter who studied under Gustav Klimt. Titled ” Field of Flowers“, it is a departure from his usual controversial paintings that embrace sex and death explicitly. Maybe that is what promoted the ABS team to chose this painting of Red Orange Flowers that is a positive affirmation of the painter’s short life.
Inspiration & Color Palette
Decoding the Inspiration
When I saw the painting for the first time, all I could see were the red orange flowers. But surprisingly the color was not present in the given color palette. So I decided to do a mustard, olive, and beige cascading necklace along with the Lampwork flowers by Jyothi (yes I still hoard them). But then life took over and I forgot all about the challenge until last Friday.
I am currently teaching Elements of design in one of my classes where we are working on the color wheel. Art teachers would know that this means multiple attempts at getting the colors right combined with lots of silent and not so silent cursing. Apart from the violet family which takes a lot of skill to achieve (while using poster colors), red orange is tricky too. So when I came home from work on Friday, red orange was foremost on my mind and and it influenced my design.
JAN ABS – Red orange Flowers
I retained the red orange flowers but changed everything else about the design. I made a Lariat necklace using glass beads in orange, mustard, bright yellow along with a polished dutone crystal. The Analogous color scheme came together with a accents of green and gold.
I felt that as this painting perhaps represented a positive interlude in the artist’s life, the resulting design should be fun and bright. Upon rummaging through in my art beads box to find something “fun”, I found the red orange stars made by Jyothi.
If you observe the painting closely, the flower petals ( I am assuming daisy?) are not rounded but sharp and pokey. These atypical flowers which are a nod to the Expressionism style of painting looked like 2 five pointed stars put together in my head . Viola! the stars then made perfect sense and the red orange flowers necklace was born.
I prefer this version to my initial idea as it way out of my comfort zone. Plus I would have been bored out of my wits trying to make yet another regular flower necklace. With it becoming hotter everyday in Chennai, I find this necklace very summery – perfect to be worn with a fitted white tee. Bragging time – This red orange flowers necklace has been featured on the Artbeadscene blog in their perfect pairings section today. Yey! Happy Dance!
So, Tell me in the comments, dow do you like my indirect interpretation? What can I do to make it better? and Also how would you have interpreted it?
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I am a Fashion and apparel designer who fell in love with jewelry making 8+ years ago. I am a mixed media artist interested in making one of a kind pieces. I am a design educator, wannabe writer, amateur photographer, a mythology buff and a connoisseur of all things beautiful. You can read more about how Sayuri and Jewelsofsayuri (my blog) came to be on my About me page. You can follow me on my Facebook page, Instagram profile and on Pinterest.
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