Saturday, January 22, 2011
Ripping out those BAD BEADS!!!
My inspiration for using this color was in a photo I had seen of red branches against the snow and grey sky. It was a beautiful photo and I thought I would try using red as stems in my Feb. BJP piece. My vision was for some small flowers with red stems in honor of Feb. and Valentines Day. Since I don’t do hearts or anything like that I thought that red stems would be a perfect representation.
How could I have been so wrong? As soon as I did the stems I thought uh oh. This is not going to work, but I kept going anyway. I thought it could get better with the addition of some black sky with gold flecks for snow. It only got worse. Then I thought OK I will add white and gold for the snow. Well the white looked fantastic with the flowers but the red and the black were getting increasingly worse.
I should have known really. Having been a painter for many years, I rarely used red. Well, I did use red but it was alizarin red. Alizarin is a very blue purple red. Plus I always mixed it with viridian green to make an earthy brownish red. Not a bright, aggressive, cadmium red. It was a color I rarely used. Unless it was for one single dot of color somewhere where it was used as a highlight. Never a steady stream of cadmium red so why did I ever think cadmium red beads were going to work for me?
When I first started buying beads I bought many colors including primaries. I had seen so many wonderful beaded pieces created using primary colors. I thought I could too. But I never painted with primaries. Why on earth did I think could bead with them? They are just not my colors at all.
Now what will I do with all those bright yellows, blues and reds I bought?
PS As you can see I did leave the red centers on the flowers. The red looks fine as just a teeny, tiny hint of color.