The Rose Garden, 1920by Paul Klee
Oil on cardboard
This is the first time that I actually purchased beads specifically for a challenge... but I just couldn't resist the lure of a $50 gift certificate to the Humblebeads shop! Taking advantage of Lima Bead's free shipping in February, I picked up a great Dandelion Link and some tiny discs in magenta. Some of the discs have a touch of green in them that I thought would work with the rose stems in the painting. Now I just had to patiently await my package!
The pattern on Heather's Dandelion link has a starburst pattern that reminds me of some of the elements in the center of Klee's painting... and the colors are spot on! I chose two of the discs that had a bit of green on the ends and a nice swirly floral pattern that echoes the swirls in the roses. To round things out and bring in some of the other colors from the palette, I added some darker purple dyed quartzite rounds and dyed imperial jasper rondelles in pinky-reds.
The holes in the disc beads were smaller and couldn't accommodate the 20 gauge wire I used to make the other links so I tried my hand at making my first double loops. Fancy, no? I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and I'm sure I'll be trying this technique again in other designs.
I wish the colors of this bracelet, Heather's lovely beads in particular, were a little more accurate. I feel like my photos don't do it justice. For some reason, I have the hardest time capturing pinks and purples accurately with my iPhone's camera. I'm hoping that eventually Eric will be able to help me out in the photography department with his new "real" camera. For now you'll just have to trust me that the colors are even better in person!