Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge - APR ABS

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge - APR ABS

Published On: 04-06-2012 03:27am

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Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903
Oil on canvas
68.8 x 94 cm

About the Art
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".
The reappearance of Waterhouse's Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a sensation as it had been lost for 90 years. Since then, the picture's whereabouts have been unknown and it was referred to as "lost" in Anthony Hobson's 1989 biography of Waterhouse.
The Greek god of the North Wind who lived in Thrace. He is depicted as being winged, extremely strong, bearded and normally clad in a short pleated tunic. He is the son of Eos and Astraeus, and the brother of Zephyrus, Eurus and Notus.
Boreas has two sons, two daughters and twelve mares which can race over the ground without destroying the grain. When the Persian navy of Xerxes threatened the city of Athens, the Athenians begged his assistance. The Great Wind of the Wintery North blew his anger at the Persians and 400 Persian ships sank immediately. Among other violent acts he abducted Oreithyia, the daughter of the king of Athens, when she was playing on the banks of the Ilissus. In Latin, he is called Aquilo.

About the Artist
John William Waterhouse (baptised 6 April 1849; died 10 February 1917) was an English painter known for working in the Pre-Raphaelite style. He worked several decades after the breakup of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which had seen its heyday in the mid-nineteenth century, leading him to have gained the moniker of "the modern Pre-Raphaelite".[1] Borrowing stylistic influences not only from the earlier Pre-Raphaelites but also from his contemporaries, the Impressionists, his artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.
Born in Italy to English parents who were both painters, he later moved to London, where he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Art. He soon began exhibiting at their annual summer exhibitions, focusing on the creation of large canvas works depicting scenes from the daily life and mythology of ancient Greece. Later on in his career he came to embrace the Pre-Raphaelite style of painting despite the fact that it had gone out of fashion in the British art scene several decades before.
Although not as well known as earlier Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, Waterhouse's work is currently displayed at several major British art galleries, and the Royal Academy of Art organised a major retrospective of his work in 2009.
One of Waterhouse's most famous paintings is The Lady of Shalott, a study of Elaine of Astolat, who dies of grief when Lancelot will not love her. He actually painted three different versions of this character, in 1888, 1894, and 1916. Another of Waterhouse's favorite subjects was Ophelia; the most famous of his paintings of Ophelia depicts her just before her death, putting flowers in her hair as she sits on a tree branch leaning over a lake. Waterhouse would paint Ophelia again in 1894 and 1909 or 1910, and planned another painting in the series, called "Ophelia in the Churchyard".
Waterhouse could not finish the series of Ophelia paintings because he was gravely ill with cancer by 1915.

Blog Tour
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MY APR ABS ENTRY 4/14/2012

I really enjoyed creating this piece. The painting is gorgeous and this photo reminds me of someone I have lost and hold dear to my heart. So as I sculpted I thought of her and since this is my first ever sculpture of a person I was pretty pleased with it. Every artist when they crate see something different in everything they look at, differnt feelings inspire different things. I hope you enjoy my version of this amazing painting in my focal bead of choice. A necklace that was created by me and my hands alone. My vision, my creation : I will start with the focal bead of course it is the lovely woman, I sculpted my own focal bead out of polymer clay, the scarf was created using my own mix of premo and secret ingredients to get the shine and texture of almost a scarf like feel and look, its so lovely up close. When I looked at the photo I loved that there was a touch of cherry blossoms and daffodils, not alot for the eye to see, but you can feel their presence. I wanted to add the feeling of flowers surrounding her on a windy day, so I sculpted the scarf flowing around her pretty face and hair, then added a lovely yellow daffodil in her hair and cherry blossoms on her scarf. I know they are not on her in the photo, but when creating I just thought of her as smelling the flowers and them surrounding her, I wanted to add that touch of color and feel. I wanted to make this piece all clay since that is my favorite medium to work with. I noticed in the photo a black raven, very hard to see but he is there, just to the left of her. So I had fun sculpting my own little raven bead. Going with the theme of clay only. I decided to make the necklace her landscape, the beautiful flowing trees full of cherry blossoms and the pretty daffodils on the ground. Since it was a necklace I choose to create, I surrounded her with the lovely things the artist did in the painting. Please remember that this is a piece of art and so may be a bit much to most, but to me its a canvas just a wearable one. I sculpted Dafodils, leaves and stems, then added tree limbs to represent the pretty tree of cherry blossoms, sculpted leaves and cherry bossoms on the branches. Connected them all together and made a toggle of polymer clay tree branch in a pretty circle, the toggle a log adorned with the pretty cherry blossoms that surround her.  In the photo I saw so many beautiful things but these were these were the details that caught my eye and I fell in love with. I loved putting this piece together. I did this with so much love and hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. Thank you for stopping by, feel free to comment and share. Happy Creating, Kimberly

Reader's Comments

By Guest on 04/29/2012 @ 09:21am

Kimi, this is just gorgeous, a very original piece. I love the way you've captured the detail especially in the women's face. :)

By Guest on 04/28/2012 @ 11:09am

The work you put into this piece is just amazing! Very nice.

By Kimis-Jewelry-From-The-Heart on 04/27/2012 @ 03:52pm

Well the results of the win are not in. But my piece of art made it on the front page of the blog 3rd mention under the portrait :) They choose winners random not by favorites so Im just as honored to be chosen in their top 10 they mention every month after all the entrys are made. they write a little piece about each artist and their work and a link to that artists site. So I feel like a winner every month. :) Thank you Art Bead Scene. here is the link :

By Guest on 04/27/2012 @ 03:41pm

I saw this piece on flickr on my phone screen and was waiting for the blog hop to see it bigger! You really went all out for this! It stands out among all the other entries. Amazing, unique work.

By Kimis-Jewelry-From-The-Heart on 04/13/2012 @ 06:32am

Im so excited. Im loving my entry so far. Few more days and it will be finished. All sculpted by me. Im excited to share.

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