Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Monthly Challenge

Nave Nave Moe (Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams) by Paul Gaugin 1894, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

About the Art
Gauguin painted this after he moved to Tahiti in 1891, seeking inspiration from the native "primitive" culture, which he regarded as more real and more sincere. It is characterized by clear outlines, flat forms, and vibrant colors, which reflect the influence of native art on the artist.

About the Artist
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, 7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903, was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist. He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with colouring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

Challenge Color Palette

Blog Challenge
On March 31st we will host a blog tour of everyone who blogs about their challenge entry! To participate, blog about your challenge piece and leave a link in the comments below. Your link must be posted here by March 30th to be included in the blog tour. There will be a bonus prize for those who enter in the blog tour and a prizes for our readers!

The Prizes:
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on April 1st.

Our sponsors this month are: Ornamentea, and Golem Studios 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. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. 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 strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply wire 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.

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

Deadline is March 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 

***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.
Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***

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


Alice said...

Wow, such vivid colors! I need to get started on this challenge--it looks like fun!

Stories They Tell said...

Great choice! Love that Gauguin!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

I am really tempted to have a go at the challenge for this month, the tropical colours of this painting are ideal for translating into some beautiful jewellery. Great choice!

Andrew Thornton said...

I read the hint last night and somehow I knew it was going to be one of Gaugain's pieces. I can't wait to make something based on this!

Grubbi said...

Beautiful painting! I really hope I have time to join with this months challenge.

Cillaw said...

This is a stunning painting and I love the sponsors!!
What am I going to make????

KristiBowmanDesign said...

Beautiful painting. I've had some beads sitting in a pile waiting for me to be inspired. I took them and added some new colors from the inspiration and uploaded to flickr. WOOHOO!!

Cory said...

Love the painting...I will post my entry on
and have uploaded to flickr.

Anonymous said...

Great painting, the colours are calling for creativity!
Here is my entry

also posted to Flickr group

Lesley said...

Just set up my blog and included this in my first post.

Sheila Davis Designs said...

One of my favorite artists!
Thanks so much for chosing me as designer of the week!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

I loved this months painting, I have uploaded my photos to Flickr and here is a link to my blog

m.e. said...

I blogged about my entry
What I set out to make,
what I actually made !!!
m.e. :)

beautifullybrokenme said...

I love the inspiration this month, and just blogged about my entry here:



Elly said...

What fantastic inspiration! I've been looking at the Flickr group for this challenge throughout March and some of the entries are just beautiful.

I've recently got more interested and involved with making jewellery using handmade components and art beads, so although I don't think I'll be entering this ABS Challenge, I'm very excited for next month's! And to see who the winners are this time around :)


Marian Hertzog said...

This painting really got to me! I posted my piece on flickr today and blogged about it here!

Thanks for doing this... it was really fun! M

rosebud101 said...

Thanks for the reminder!

Islandgirl said...

THought I posted a comment here already... Don't see it so here's my link Really liked the colout palete in that painting!

Susan White said...

Loved the painting, it was a great inspiration. Here's my blog post:
Looking forward to next month's challenge already!

Desert Wind Designs said...

Love the painting!! So many great entries (as usual :) )!

Here is my blog post:

mairedodd said...

i'm in - better late than never, right? not sure if you will consider the metal to be an art bead, but i am glad to have had the inspiration and to have contemplated such a beautiful painting - thank you -

Elaine said...

This one was a challenge! Not my regular colours!

Mackin-Art said...

I blogged about my piece at

Holly said...

I love Gauguin! I love what everyone has done for the challenge so far :) Here's my entry -

earthlyjewels said...

First time entering and it was fun! I posted about my entry here -

PS I hope I still make it on time....