|Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903|
Oil on canvas
68.8 x 94 cm
Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject as: "In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils". (From the ABS Challenge blog post)
This is our piece for this month's challenge. Mom and I are calling it The North Wind.
The pendant was designed by mom and then she sawed the pendant out of 20 gauge copper with a jewelers saw. I then enameled the piece with transparent purples, transparent otter brown, and black powdered enamels.
The lampwork glass beads are made by us. I used a base transparent purple with green frit on top. I wanted to base the beads on the grass in the painting. I used freshwater yellow pearls as accents for the daffodils.
The larger beads are Multicolor Fire Agate which I have been wanting use for a long time. I fell in love with these beads when mom and I were at Von's and mom said buy them. Love the colors and textures of these beads. Since the girl is wearing a shawl I wanted to add texture to the piece so I used one of our watercolor silk ribbons.
So, that is our piece for the April ABS Challenge.
I am going to go post it out on our Facebook page, Flickr and the April ABS blog post. Then it is back out in the garage to help mom assemble necklaces - last push to finish pieces before next week's show. I also need to file and sand one more plate and get that enameled tomorrow. So, busy weekend. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and Sunday!