Saturday, April 21, 2012

April ABS Challenge Piece - The North Wind

Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903
Oil on canvas
68.8 x 94 cm
Mom and I were actually able to finish our piece for the April ABS Challenge before the deadline.  I think this is the first time in awhile.  The painting is a Pre-Raphaelite style painting oil on canvas.
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!


  1. Amazing - I would say you captured it perfectly with the silhouette and the colors on the beads and ribbons. Really lovely!

  2. You guys always blow me away on these! Beautiful!

  3. WOW! I can't get over your mom's skills with the saw! I mean, her lips, nose, intricate! The softnes of the how you "weaved" it into your design..and I love ALL the beads! This is truly a work of art! nice job, ladies!

  4. Wow !!! Awesome pendant !!!
    perfect entry for ABS challenge
    m.e. :)

  5. The enameled pendant is great! My favorite medium.

  6. Love it - the enameled pendant is perfect for the theme and a lovely piece of art in itself.


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