Friday, November 30, 2012

Challenge of Color - Rolling Down the River

Welcome to my little piece of the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color!  Y'all just grab a comfy place to settle in and come along.

Each participant was given two palettes derived from photos in the US Geological Services'  Earth As Art Gallery, which uses various satellite images, filtered to emphasize colors in the spectrum we normally don't perceive.  We were only required to use one palette, but of course I couldn't choose, so in typical "why just dive off the cliff when you can jump off backwards and throw in a few somersaults along the way" fashion, I did both.

And both of my palettes are rivers.  First, the Ghadamis River, an ancient riverbed in Libya:

Desert Riverbed Pendant of amazonite,  peruvian opal, strawberry quartz and seed beads
The Peruvian opals were the starting point here.  They matched the palette perfectly, and the striations of color in the gemstone mimic the natural striations of the landscape. I wanted to somehow capture the feathery effect of the landscape along with the colors.  The branched fringe I tried first was just fugly, so I settled on loopy fringe instead.

Here they are side by side:


The second palette is called Meandering Mississippi:

And here's my Mississippi Mud Romance necklace:

The cubes were the first thing I pulled out of the stash, because they were a perfect match for the olive green in the palette.  Then it occurred to me that I had the sterling silver squiggle in a pile of UFO's, where I had envisioned it as the starting point for a bracelet that never happened.  Throw in a little freeform peyote, some woven leather the color of rich Mississippi mud, a hand-forged sterling clasp, and there you've got it.

And the side by side:


And what does "Romance" have to do with Mississippi Mud?  On our first date, my husband and I shared a truly decadent chocolate miracle of the baker's craft called Mississippi Mud Pie.  Any man who would (a) order such a fantastic dessert and (b) share it with me was obviously a keeper.

Anyway, with great thanks to Erin and Brandi who organized this wonderful challenge (thanks, ladies!!), here are the other folks playing along with this challenge.  Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you like, and go check out the rest of the hoppers:

Rebecca Anderson
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Stephanie Buss
Cece Cormier
Janice Everett
Cherrie Fick
Denielle Hagerman
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Alicia Marinache
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Kashmira Patel
Bobbie Rafferty (yay - you're here!!!)
Nicole Rennell
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Renetha Stanziano
Melissa Trudinger
Shelley Graham Turner
Rachel Van-Walsk
Joan Williams


AntiquityTravelers said...

oh man Bobbie! both are just gorgeous! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those African Opals ... I've got some as well and the stones are amazing how they twist between blue and brown. And how you made the focal - it is stunning! You really brought the colors in from the palette!

Now that Mississippi piece ... WOW!!!! I LOVE how you did the wire as the frame then used beads around it! seriously clever, and so beautiful! What a great piece!!!

Karin Slaton said...

Forget chocolate! Your Mississippi Mud confection is heavenly! The freeform peyote center has such delightful movement, color and texture, and then you finish it off with that rich leather strap! Yum!

Cece Cormier said...

Love that Mississippi Mud piece. It's a great design.

Christine Altmiller said...

Your Desert Riverbed pendant is so pretty and a great blend of colors. Love the colored curls rather than branches. keeps the circle vibe going.
Mississippi Mud Romance is FABULOUS!!! I love the freeform of the wire and bead mix! My life and my yearning heart are on opposite sides of that River so I always have had a fondness for it.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Both are beautiful, Bobbie, but that Mississippi is truly a testament to your imagination!

Aimee Moisa said...

Weren't the Challenge of Color palettes just beautiful? I was so happy with the ones I got. You made such gorgeous pieces with yours! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

Cynthia said...

I liked your first creation, until I sscrolled to your second creation. Wow, just wow!!

Anonymous said...

your first piece is so darn pretty, but I love the story behind the Meandering Mississippi

re-maker said...

Mississippi Mud Romance is a really fun piece!

KJ said...

Very well done.

I love the first piece. I love the loops at the base. Very reflective of the inspiration. Quite within the realms of classic.

The second piece is grand and certainly a stretch from your usual. Perfect.

Again, very well done. Remember to keep those toes pointed for perfect execution on the dive.


These designs are so much FUN - love them and how they reflect the feel, look and colors of your Palettes - love the Mississippi Mud a LOT :) JLynn

Tanya said...

Those are both gorgeous. I love your focal. It's really stunning and your beadwork is beautiful! And speaking of beautiful beadwork, that necklace is just a treat .. and such a wonderful story to inspire it!

Maplegirl said...

You really matched the palettes so well. Two very different but wonderful pieces. Love the metal swirl and all of your creativity with it. Andrea

Anonymous said...

The second piece is just fantastic! I love how you captured the landscape and not just the colors.

aneri_masi said...

I love the Mississippi one, so playful!

Anonymous said...

Your missisipi creation is so unique! I love it!


Patti Vanderbloemen said...

A pile of UFO's - hah! I have lots of those! This is a perfect interpretation of the Mississippi-from the shape to the beads! PERFECT! What a wonderful statement piece you have created!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Your creations are fabulous. Love your story about Mississippi Mud Pie.

Bits of Learning said...

Bobbie, you know that I adore your beadweaving! I love the loopy fringe (I can see where the branches would interrupt the flow of the pendant) and the amazonite focal is gorgeous Now for the Mississippi Mud Romance necklace, what a fantastic piece! VERY CLEVER design!

Becky Pancake said...

I'm i love with that Peruvian opal. Great job on the meandering river. I think that you got that one perfect. Not just the colors but the design as well.

Brandi Hussey said...

I love the beaded fringe on your first necklace, but the lines of the second are absolutely fabulous! I love how both really capture the feeling of the photos - beautifully done. Oh, and your beadwork - stunning!

Thanks for playing along!

lamplight crafts said...

You interpreted the Mississippi river perfectly in your necklace. I like both pieces.

Karen Mitchell said...

Gorgeous pieces! I love the metalwork in the second piece.

lynsey said...

Gorgeous pieces, love your weaving

Mary Harding said...

Lovely Mississippi necklace. Love the beadwork and the meandering silver wire. You beaded cab is beautiful.

EmandaJ said...

Both of your interpretations are gorgeous, but I especially love -- Love -- LOVE -- your Mississippi piece. Reminds me of the opening sequence from East Enders (London East End soap-opera).

A Polymer Penchant said...

omg too funny. I was just thinking of Romances on East Enders when Emanda mentionned that your necklace reminded your of the openning sequesnce since I had the same reaction! Beautiful work

CraftyHope said...

They are both really fab. I adore the movement of the second one though. It really feels like the water's flowing on that one. Cool beans.

TesoriTrovati said...

I am incredibly awed time and again by how talented beadweavers like yourself wrangle those little monsters into such a gorgeous little package! I love the first pendant you made. It has all the colors in there! But the second one made me gasp. I love the sort of mixed media element and the way your freeform weaving brought the Meandering Mississippi to life! Than you for joining me in this Challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

Michelle Tucker said...

I LOVE the Mississippi Mud Romance necklace. It is perfection. You recreated the feel of the image and palette completely!

Donetta said...

It's just astonishing what you've done with your color palettes and your beads and wire! Your creativity is awe-inspiring.

Karla Hartzog said...

Wow, Bobbie! Your "Meandering Mississippi" really meanders! I love it!

KayzKreationz said...

What great pieces. Your beadwork is wonderful. I love the way the Mississippi 'meanders' Very unique. Nice job.