ABS Challenge – May 2012

This month’s Art Bead Scene Challenge inspiration is a Post-Impressionist cityscape painting by Maurice Utrillo with a soothing and subtle colour palette. It is predominately creamy whites with sage and forest greens, but also includes the golden tones of warm chocolate-brown.

Italian’s House on Montmartre, Maurice Utrillo

At first glance, the overwhelming sense I got was once of architectural lines, and the draughtsman precision of the artist in the outline of the buildings, windows, doors and roof lines.  I wanted to capture this shapely precision in my design, but also include some of the ‘softer’, romantic elements such as the trees and the blended shades of the street and skyline.


My necklace includes a textured square Peruzi ceramic pendant which is a beautiful shade of flecked green and is imprinted with the word “Love”. It captures both the romanticism of this post-impressionist painting as well as its colour palette.

I’ve wrapped the pendant in a brass filigree square to again emphasis the romanticism of this time period, but also to align with the shutters on the windows and the geometric shapes in this painting. If you focus your eye on the filigree wrapping you can see the triangles, if you focus your eye on the pendant within the filigree you can see a cross shape.

My choice of complementary beads includes wire-wrapped lampwork, semi-precious and Peruzi ceramic beads in a pale green, and cream with a brown/yellow fleck.  I’ve also used Vintaj brass beads and a long-length Vintaj brass chain.

You can view the other designs in this month’s ABS Challenge on the group Flickr page.



  1. A beautiful piece! I love how it has that old world feel, and the colors are just gorgeous!

  2. I just want to say that I absolutely love, love, love this necklace. The colors, bead used, and the filigree wrapped ceramic pendant is just amazing.

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