Art Bead Scene Blog: April Monthly Challenge
Upon seeing the inspiration for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge my heart took a little leap. It combines two of my favorite things, art and French. I have loved Degas' work since Madame Ward, my very own beloved high-school French teacher, presented us with some samples on a film strip more years ago than I want to ponder.
Since the impressionists including Degas would not have blended the colors on their palettes, I echoed this idea in my challenge piece by employing roughly mixed together Skinner blends in the style of Sandra McCaw. I enjoyed learning to do her technique by reading a tutorial in Judy Belcher and Tamara Honaman's delightfully readable and engaging book, Polymer Clay Master Class: Exploring Process, Technique, and Collaboration with 11 Master Artists
Keeping my theme feminine with plenty of movement was also a goal. Each large polymer bead is connected with glass spacers as you can see in the following photo showing my construction:
For a bit of sparkle I "sprinkled" bits of gold and copper colored leaf along with some micro beads along the branches and leaves on the focal beads. My little roses are blue-green like the tutus worn by Degas' lovely dancers in the foreground.
After curing my piece I hand-carved the edges smooth with a whittling knife. I rather like the effect, do you?