This month’s challenge on the Art Bead Scene blog is a Pre-Raphaelite style painting by John William Waterhouse which depicts a young girl in a windswept landscape. Called ‘Boreas’ after the north wind in Greek mythology, the subject was described in the Royal Academy notes (1904) as: “In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils”.
Boreas by John William Waterhouse, 1903
My bracelet design for this challenge includes the three predominant colours in the painting – deep blue, slate grey and green. I have focused on the strong sense of movement and texture through my choice of beads, use of wire-wrapping and the inclusion of jump ring feature clusters. The green floral focal by Peruzi represents the floral landscape and windswept grasses in the background. The circular pattern on the fabric of the young girl’s dress and its movement against the strong wind is seen in the jump rings threaded with steel blue seed beads and the oval shaped deep blue firepolished beads.