Monday, August 27, 2012

Art Bead Scene ~ August Challenge ~ My Entry

First I want to say Thank you to ArtBeadScene
I went on the blog to get the photo and all the information to post on this challenge
On the front page of the blog is one of my Pin/Pendants
That brought a big smile to my face. Thank you for Choosing One of my Creations
For your Blog Post ~ Show Me Sunday
* Every Sunday she picks Beads or Creations that Inspire or fit a Color Theme.
I was so honored she picked one of mine. Thank you again.

Now For the Challenge ~ August Art Bead Scene Challenge
I look forward to this challenge every month. It is always a painting or photo that makes me really think outside my normal creating. Its not the flowers and butterflies I'm used to. I like that. I of course love to always make my entry out of Polymer Clay. It is not require. It is not required that you even make any of the beads in your piece. I however really like the idea of creating and designing my own piece. Every artist sees something different in every Painting. I always see a clay creation. Clay on the brain maybe but I just love that its so versatile that you can make a canvas of whatever your heart desires.
Another thing I enjoy about this challenge is there really never is a real winner or looser. I mean yes you do win amazing prizes if you are randomly chosen. Which is wonderful and the prizes are always amazing. The artist that wins the prize is randomly chosen and The Blog Writer Picks His or Her favorites or I should say she picks pieces that speak to her. She blogs about those artists and their entry. I feel that is more of a win and I am always honored when and if I'm mentioned. Its more of a challenge of the mind and what your eyes see that others don't. It is for fun and that makes it very interesting to me.
In these challenges you create or use an art bead as your focal piece that you feel inspires you and represents the painting, the hues in the painting or how you feel about the painting. Its a fun way to design a piece.
To Go to the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge Blog
Click the Inspiration Photo of the Fishing Boats

Click this photo to go to the Artbeadscene monthly challenge blog
Inspiration Painting

Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903 by Winslow Homer
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
13 15/16 x 21 3/4 in. (35.4 x 55.2 cm)

About the Art
Few of Homer's watercolors rival this one for its effects of shimmering sunlight and steamy atmosphere, achieved through the rapid application of wet-on-wet surfaces, the broad and dexterous exploitation of the white paper reserve, and the judicious sponging of wet pigment, especially in the shadows, reflecting light off the water. This picture is also exceptional for the number and visibility of its pencil marks, not only to indicate some of the boats' rigging (and betraying the pentimento of a sloop in the background that the artist edited out), but also to enliven the rustle of the sailcloth lifted by a phantom breeze. By contrast, Homer, in masterly fashion, merely daubed in the figures freehand, sacrificing nothing of their form and weight—they even seem to speak.

About the Artist
Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art.
Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations.

Blog Tour
The Blog Tour deadline is August 29th.
***Note Change***
Links must be added to the Art Bead Scene flickr page where you upload your entry.
The Blog Tour will be on August 31st.

Monthly Challenge Winners
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on September 1st.

Our Sponsors
Our Sponsors this month are Gaea Handmade and Painting With Fire Studio.

Please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes!

Featured Designer of the Week:
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.

So I see the Painting I automatically think Water. So I grab my blue Premo Clay and My Penni Jo's Clay Tools and I get to work. Start mixing colors and drew up a photo of what I wanted to design and had a wonderful couple of hours of clay time.
Just a short list:
Acrylic Roller, Blade & Premo clay:
About my Entry

This photo was very inspiring. We as a family love boating. We go out on our boat all summer.
 Not a lovely sailboat but boats are fun, wonderful and relaxing no matter the type.
So I enjoyed this challenge.
We had just been out on the water so I could close my eyes,
feel and smell the fresh air and the movement in the water.
I incorporated that into my work.  The Colors Just seemed to flow.
I happily kept working on my canvas enjoying my memories of boating.
Thinking of the water and being on the boat in my mind
and with my clay I was able to use my clay base of blue as a canvas.
Add bits of color where I wanted it or where it was needed.
 I loved creating my art bead to look like the painting.
Or my mini version of the painting.
I enjoyed adding the touches of white that is a reflection of the boat.
The dark clouds moving in looked so real, Ive seen those clouds before.
Its like you can just feel the wind in this photo as if your there.
Making the boat and the dingy and the sails. So many fun details in this painting.
With my clay I can make everything three dimensional.
 Which is fun when adding details like a flowing red flag.
The play of colors in this painting are dark and stormy but beautiful at the same time.
 The blues, greens, red, darker greys and silvers.
This was a beautiful color palate to play with.
 I knew this would be a larger piece so I wanted to create a long necklace.
 So I added it to a longer chain that wraps around and attaches at the side.
Added a fun little clasp that is like a miniature version of a clasp
 you would put on a rope on a boat.
Added a few clay rope beads, tying clay is not easy. But a fun lesson.
 Played with some blue colors to make waves of blues with some white accents. 
They make me think of the swirl of waves behind the boats. 
Tied it all together with a pretty double silver chain and some filigree round beads.
 I like the piece. I would be a fun conversation piece if you had a day of boating with friends.
 Throw it over a warm sweater while boating &let it sway with the waves.
Enjoy and Happy Creating ~ Be sure to stop and see All entries
There are so many amazing Artists in this group. 

My ArtBeadScene ~ August Challenge Entry

9-1-2012 I just opened up my email to see my entry on the front page of ArtBeadScene
Thank you Artbeadscene. This is a major win to me.
To have you hard work noticed and complimented and send on the blog tour.
That is the biggest compliment. I love this challenge.
To view the blog tour click the link Below.
Lots of amazing artist. Beautiful designs. Great Job everyone.

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The Creativity Nook said...

Oh Kimi!! I LOVE it!! It is a perfect image of Key West to me. Beautiful blue skies, a sailboat calmly floating on the water, perfect!!

kim Idalski said...

Thank you. Ive been there before and it was one of the best vacations ever. Playing with waves I could relax and think of being there. Thanks again. Hugs

kim Idalski said...

So excited to get the email that I was included in the Blog Tour on Artbeadscene. My necklace displayed right there on the front page. What and honor. That is a win to me. Being acknowledged for your work is the best win of all. Thanks Artbeadscene. to view the blog tour:

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Congrats on being featured, Kim. I am amazed by your tiny work of art, truly a labour of love!

Saira Malik said...

Beautiful blue skies, a sailboat calmly floating on the water, perfect!!
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