Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 1951
Oil on canvas, 12 7/8 x 18 (33 x 45.5)
Inscribed on stretcher 'A Rex avec toute l'amitié de Vieira' and 'à Vieira'
The inspiration this month was down right sneaky. A lot of times when I see a piece of art, I immediately start working out a design in my mind. The painting above didn't generate any strong feelings. In fact, all I really thought about was how blah it was considering that it was supposed to represent one of the most vibrant cities that I have ever been too. I then put it out of my mind. Or so I thought.
I had picked up a polymer link from Staci Louise Smith that was larger and I thought that it would make a great focal. It's gorgeous with pinks and oranges all playing together so nicely. Somewhere I had picked up some light pink beads and I had set them and the focal in my handy muffin tin to use later.
Well their time had come since I was sitting at my design table with no real ideas in mind so I grabbed the tin and pulled out the focal. Still not really sure what I was going to do but I started digging in my stash. I came up with a leather tassel that would be perfect. I kept saying that I wanted to use more tassels as I love the look. No reason to put it off any more.
Now that I had the focal in mind, I needed to decide what to do with the body of necklace. At first I was going to knot the pink beads with waxed linen but I had been doing a lot of that lately and needed a change. How about a beaded chain? That just didn't ring my bells either so I started digging through my chains and came up with a diamond chain that I could take apart for links.
Bingo! With that one decision, the finished necklace came together in my mind. At that time, I realized that I had actually been inspired by the colors and the geometric designs in the painting along with the feeling that I experienced in Paris. Like I said, it was sneaky and I had to go around the long way to come up with this design.