Monday, January 4, 2010

January Monthly Challenge



La Pie [The Magpie] :: Claude Monet (1840-1926) :: Between 1868 & 1869
Oil on Canvas :: H. 89; W. 130 cm :: © photo RMN, Hervé Lewandowski

"In the late 1860s, Monet started to extend the need to capture sensations and render "the effect" to all transitory, even fleeting states of nature. Taking Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley with him, Monet tackled the great challenge of a snow-covered landscape, which Courbet had grandly explored with great success not long before. Toning down Courbet's lyricism, Monet preferred a frail magpie perched on a gate, like a note on a staff of music, to the world of the forest and hunting. Sun and shade construct the painting and translate the impalpable part-solid part-liquid matter. The Impressionist landscape was born, five years before the first official exhibition when the movement was given its name.
This painting of a place in the countryside near Etretat, executed on the spot, uses very unusual pale, luminous colours, a fact highlighted by the critic Felix Fénéon: "[The public] accustomed to the tarry sauces cooked up by the chefs of art schools and academies, was flabbergasted by this pale painting." The novelty and daring of Monet's approach, which was more about perception than description, explain the painting's rejection by the jury of the 1869 salon."

Your entry this month can be influenced by the colors, pattern or whatever you choose to focus on for your creation. Just remember to include at least one art bead in your design.

The Prizes:
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on February 1st.
Our sponsors this month are sponsors: Heather Powers, Mary Ann Carroll and Sue Beads, 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 the 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.


How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.


***Beads by themselves and beads simply strung on a chain or cord will not be accepted.***

2. Upload your photo to our
flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a
tutorial for sending your picture
to the group. If you can't upload to Flickr, send your entry and information to Heather.

Please add the tag or title
JANABS
to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is January 31st. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn't followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.


What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

*** A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.


p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.

5 comments:

kiwiken said...

What a beautiful painting - I love impressionism! Though it seems difficult to use as inspiration... hm. We'll see. I can't wait to see the prizes!

mairedodd said...

oh this is wonderful... and i have just the thing! so glad to be able to participate.. missed the last two just because of timing...

Jeannie said...

I'm unable to see the picture????

Lorelei said...

This is such a pretty painting. I think I might have to play along this month!

Linda said...

I think I'll play around and see what I come up with. It seems I always miss out due to poor timing.