The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso
Our painting for this month is a portrait of Olga, one of the wives of Picasso and a Russian ballerina. She was a definite beauty and it is obvious why Picasso loved her so. However, this painting seems so sad to me. The pale blue of her skin tone, her somber stare, the ochre walls. There is so much detail given to the chair cushion and her dress seems to shrink to the background for me so that you notice the lush florals before her beautiful face.
I read an analysis of this painting on the blog Every Painter Paints Himself of this painting. Olga in reality is a green-eyed, auburn-haired Russian. But in this painting she looks more Spanish with the dark complexion and midnight tresses. In this blog they share that a portrait like this is as much about the artist as it is about the subject.
"In another illusion Olga's figure is drawn in the round with a rough shadow falling on the canvas behind her. The chair, though, appears flat like "a painting" with no shadow. Olga is both model and artist, Picasso's feminine side holding a palette-like fan. Her other brush-hand with a prominent index finger recalls Adam's on the Sistine ceiling and hangs near some paint-marks on "the canvas"....Olga is fused with the artist's persona and thus "paints" and "creates" her own portrait."
I find that fascinating! I am not sure what it all means, but it is intriguing.
Meadowland Designs tells us that her original plan to make the teal a dominate color wasn't working out. But then she realized that by playing up the golden yellow color the dashes of teal would shine. Well done! These are eye-catching earrings.
Palumbo Polymer Jewelry gives us a fantasy in plum. She also created another piece that is doodles in clay on a bib style neckpiece. Amazing! For the cane, she created a woman's visage for the focal inspired by her beloved grandmother. If you have ever wanted to know how a tiny cane with such detail comes to life, you should go and see her process shots. Quite incredible!
I love the way the light shimmers in these glass 'moonstone petals' that Miss Lisa used in her bracelet. I think that the simplicity of this design that lets the beads speak for themselves is what makes this work so well. See more of her design at Carefree Jewelry by Lisa.
I love when I take a class and get fired up about the possibilities. But to actually use that knowledge when you go home is the challenge. Miss Angela learned some tricks to enameling at the recent Bead & Button show in Milwaukee and put them to good use! She sawed out this yellow bloom from copper, etched the petals and then torch fired the enamel colors to mimic the painting. Well done! See more of her process, including the pretty fold-formed leaf on her blog.
See more at Toltec Jewels.
Read more on A Half-Baked Notion.
The beautiful focal lampwork bead is perfect for the palette for this month's painting with the swirling ochre lines and the deep teal background. Miss Cate of Fulgorine decided to go all Edwardian on us with this dainty choker that makes me think of a precious amulet designed to keep the wearer from harm. Read more at Fulgorine.
Miss Sara Jo of SJ Wentling Designs Jewelry spied this darling pendant with a swirling floral motif that reminds me of the chair fabric. I love that little fan shaped bead she included too!
Read more of the inspiration at Catherine's Dreams.
Read more about Ann's inspiration at her blog Bead Love.
Read more about it on her blog.
Bee Tree by m.e. did just that. The first thing that drew her artistic eye was the dainty tendrils and the fancy florals on the black background. But in the interest of the hot summer weather, she opted for a cool and breezy yellow ribbon to complete the look. I love the tendrils on the leaves! Such great attention to detail!
Missed a few...
Please go and check out what Melissa of Bead Recipes has created
and the pretty bauble from Sharyl of Sharyl's Jewelry.
Check back here this week for the August challenge. It is going to be a good one! ;-)