There is a destination of four islands off the southeastern French coast that must truly be magical. Legend says that the gods turned swimming princesses into the Îles d’Hyères. These islands, laden with mica-rich rock that glitters and gleams in the bright sunlight, are known by their more common name Îles d’Or (Islands of Gold).
Impressionist painter Henri-Edmond Cross must have thought them magical as well. While he frequently did landscapes, often with beach-bathing nudes or more mundane scenery of farmers laboring in their fields, it was this painting that really caught my eye. At first it appears to be just a simplistic color gradation. But upon further inspection, you can see the mountains of the isles in the distance, and notice the shimmering golden waves. So our Pretty Palette for November should take us away on a vacation of mind, body and spirit, filled with the ocean tones of sand, surf and sky.
This painting is called Îles d’Or and really captures the beauty of this seaside landscape. I hope you will escape along with me!
The beads I selected are a cross-section of the colors. Since there is no really defined theme, I stuck with a similar shape in all the beads. Let’s allow the color to carry us away this month on a dreamy landscape.
Beads (l to r):
59338 – Citrine chips semi precious
83951 – Gold luster hematite stone (my new favorite!)
90434 – Howlite chips dyed stone
97709 – Turquoise dyed howlite cube stone
55318 – Shell nugget aqua 7mm
93347 – Chinese yellow quartzite aqua stone
93818 – Abalone nugget 30-40mm shell (we each get one)
My Pretty Palettes partner this month is Kathy Lindemer of Bay Moon Designs. I am looking forward to having Miss Kathy join me as one of her chief inspirations is nature and I know that she will bring a special flair to what she creates with this palette.
And I hope YOU will join me, too!
The blog hop will be on November 25th. I know that it is right at the holidays which is a lot of hustle and bustle, but I am hoping that you will be inspired by the soothing natural color palette to make something simple and divine for our seascape inspiration. Join us!
I absolutely love the beads and palette. They are just gorgeous and it will be a joy to create some jewelry with them.