courtesy of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica NY
This month's challenge on the Art Bead Scene blog is to create a piece of jewelry influenced by this beautiful painting by Wassily Kandinsky. How excited was I when I found out this painting was going to be chosen this month? The museum where I work as assistant Registrar, owns this painting and in fact it's hanging on the wall down the hall from my office right now. I look at this lovely every single day. How cool is that?
They couldn't have picked a better inspirational painting. The colors are reminiscent of a cool fall day and I love the strong black curves and dots. They remind me of a symphony, the musicians following every move of the conductor's arm.
I used to play the flute. Since the 4th grade. I miss it so much. I haven't played my flute since I was in college. I had gone to Potsdam to attend the Crane School of Music, for Flute performance. But I showed up and met the professor, and the first question was- do you have a background of private lessons. I had had a few, but I learned most everything from the band director at my high school. He then proceeded to tell me that I would never make it in his school of music, without more private lessons. It's too competitive, and you'll never survive.
I walked out of the office in tears, angry mostly- thinking that he can shove his school of music you you know where. I vowed at that very moment never to play again.
Which in turn led me to take an Art History class. Which led to a 4.0. Which led to more art history classes. Then I got a work study job for some extra cash, working as a gallery attendant in the college's art museum. Then that led to me meeting the Gallery director, Dan Mills. And that led me to take a Museum Studies class. Which led me to finish my school years as an Art History major and Museum Studies minor. I received my Bachelor's degree in December of 1996. I then worked at many different jobs, for 6 years, until I finally landed my dream job at Munson Williams Proctor.
Just a little background for ya!
So this painting, on this nice blog that I am now officially a part of, means more than you know. That's why, I'm super stoked to possibly come up with my own Kandinsky inspired piece, and really excited to see what all of YOU design!