Pretty Palettes :: November Reveal

Every year in November my favorite Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Tom would travel down to Sanibel Island, Florida for a month-long vacation. They would go shelling during the low tides and brought back amazing {and huge!} seashells of every sort. She would wash them all and place them in these curio cabinets in her lovely home. Over time she amassed so many, that she made these special shell lamps (glass lamps filled to the brim with shells and seahorses and starfish…) that she gifted to some. I have one, but unfortunately, it was knocked over and the harp broke many, many years ago (I am always hoping that my husband will take the hint and have that repaired for me….) I loved looking at the shapes and forms of those shells, and imagine that walking on the beach discovering them would be like a treasure hunt. Despite the encroaching cold, November always makes me long for an ocean escape.

From sand to sky, this pointillist painting of the Islands of Gold will carry you away!

From sand to sky, this pointillist painting of the Islands of Gold will carry you away!

I stumbled on this painting by pointillist Henri-Edmond Cross and immediately knew that I had to use it. I was struck by how the colors seemed to shimmer and dance, as he captured the light so perfectly. I can almost feel the heat on my skin and the gentle breeze as the water swishes around my feet with my toes in the sand. This painting may have been done over 120+ years ago, but it still feels fresh and new.

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There are no shortage of blue beads in the Bead Gallery aisle. Finding just the right ones proved the most difficult part! Once I settled on the shape of the beads (chip or nugget) that helped to inform my choices. Keeping the beads in a similar shape will lend a cohesiveness to a piece, even if the colors are not seemingly suited.

I wanted to capture the almost pixellated look of the brush strokes in this painting. The way I did that was to keep to the graduated color scheme – from yellow to gold to green to turquoise to blue. The shape of the beads also lends itself to an interpretation of these brush strokes. I interspersed beads from the surrounding strands into each. That way your eye is led to the next strand and it looks more like the blending of the colors in the painting. The pendant focal was an afterthought, but the way the abalone shell swirls about, really makes me think an aerial view of the waves crashing against the shore, or the shape of the mountains on the islands in the distance.

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My Aunt Charlotte was the most creative person I had ever known, and the memory of how she so effortlessly created beautiful things guides me every day of my life. I believe that Aunt Char is always looking down on me would be pleased with what I have done!

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I know that my Pretty Palettes partner was super inspired this month! This palette was like taking a vacation from the busy-ness of this time of year, and Miss Kathy made several things, each more different and intriguing than the last! I don’t know where she found the time. Please hop on over and take a look at what she created…here is a sneak peek!

Miss Kathy Lindemer created a sea-themed group of jewelry....be sure to stop by and check it out!

Miss Kathy Lindemer created a sea-themed group of jewelry….be sure to stop by and check it out!

Name: Kathy Lindemer
Company Name:  Bay Moon Designs
Blog address: http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Website/store https://www.etsy.com/shop/BayMoonDesign

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Our resident Design on a Dime expert, Erin Strother, is ready for a little escape of her own….

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I love this range of blues—from turquoise to deep aqua to indigo—but what really makes this palette work is the yellow. I don’t know that I would have thought to put these together on my own (which is pretty stupid of me, because pops of complimentary colors ALWAYS work), but it seemed obvious after seeing the yellow together with the blue on the inspiration palette.

That sunny citrine totally wakes up the bright blue agate focal beads, and transports me to a beach chair on the sand someplace warm and tropical, where a scantily clad waiter with surfer-dude hair and six-pack abs serves up frosty beverages with chunks of fruit hanging on the rim, stabbed with pink paper umbrellas.

Yup. In my head, I’m already there.

(And I am right there with ya, sistah! ;-)

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Erin Prais-Hintz

About Erin Prais-Hintz

Erin is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. No bead goes unloved in her studio. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Follow her creative journey on her blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com or find her hand made treasures at www.tesoritrovati.com.

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2 Responses to “Pretty Palettes :: November Reveal”

  1. Kathy Lindemer says:

    Your necklace is just gorgeous and I love reading your design tips. Thanks again for inviting me to partner with you. It was great fun!

  2. Lynda C. says:

    This necklace just flows in colors…so much like it’s inspiration! And thanks for sharing your design process with us, I am able to appreciate an artist’s work even more.