|Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917|
Oil on Canvas 130 x 88.8 cm
Color Palette by Brandi Hussey
When I started pulling possible beads for my design, it quickly became apparent that I was going to focus primarily on the bottom four colors in the palette. In addition to the greens and aqua, I threw in a tiny bit of the khaki color with one of my glass beads. I used several different shapes and colors of Czech glass beads along with bloodstone, moss agate, Swarovski pearl, and TierraCast gunmetal beads.
I love how the floral motif echos the chair's decoration in the painting. I picked the tapered rectangle shaped dark blue and aqua glass bead for the same reason... it reminded me of the shape of the flower and Olga's fan. The gunmetal bead and fancy clasp from TierraCast also seemed to fit the feel of the painting and added a fancy touch. I rounded things out with Vintaj arte metal chain and findings.
I was on a roll (finally) and really liked the way that the Swarovski pearl looked with the little aqua glass bead in the necklace so I decided to use more of those to make matching earrings!
If these don't sell next weekend at the Waconia Farmers Market, I'll be putting them up in my Etsy shop!