April Monthly Challenge

Finches and Bamboo, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Emperor Huizong (1082–1135, r. 1101–1125) Chinese
Handscroll; ink and color on silk; 11 x 18 in. (27.9 x 45.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
John M. Crawford, Jr. Collection, Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1981

About the Art

Finches and Bamboo illustrates the suprarealistic style of flower-and-bird painting preferred by Huizong’s Painting Academy. In such works, the artist displayed his intimate knowledge of the appearance and growth of plants and his ability to render accurately the movements of birds as they hop about or stand poised ready for flight. Whether making a study from nature or illustrating a line of poetry, however, capturing the spirit of the subject was valued above mere literal representation. Here, the minutely observed finches are imbued with the alertness and sprightly vitality of their living counterparts. Drops of lacquer added to the birds’ eyes impart a final lifelike touch.”

About the Artist

Emperor Huizong  (November 2, 1082 – June 4, 1135) was the eighth and one of the most famous emperors of the Song Dynasty of China, with a personal life spent amidst luxury, sophistication and art but ending in tragedy. Born Zhao Ji, he was the 11th son of Emperor Shenzong. In February 1100 his older half-brother Emperor Zhezong (哲宗) died without a surviving son, and Huizong succeeded him the next day as emperor. He reigned from 1100 to 1126. Huizong was famed for his promotion of Taoism. He was also a skilled poet, painter, calligrapher, and musician. He sponsored numerous artists at his court, and the catalogue of his imperial painting collection lists over 6,000 known paintings.

Color Palette

Blog Tour

The Blog Tour deadline is April 28th.
Links must be added to the monthly challenge post comments. 
The Blog Tour will be on the 29th.

Monthly Challenge Winners

Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on May 1st.
Our Sponsors
Our sponsors this month are: Poetry for the Skeptic, and Deryn Mentock please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes!
Featured Designer of the Week:
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on the ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.
How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.
***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply wire or cord will not be accepted.***
2. Upload your photo to our flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a tutorial for sending your picture to the group.

Please add the tag or title APR ABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is April 30th. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn’t followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.
What is an Art Bead?

An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.
Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***
p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.

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20 Comment

  1. Mandy
    April 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Will there be a color palette like last month? Love this painting, thank you!

  2. Tari of ClayButtons.com
    April 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I am going to try and make one tonight. I have had computer problems for the past few days. Photoshop is finally working again (I won!).
    Let's just say I was happy to get the post up today 🙂

  3. Kristi Bowman
    April 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    What a beautiful and soft piece, I look forward to seeing all the lovely creations it inspires.

  4. Lesley
    April 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

    What a lovely contrast to last month…looking forward to this :0)

  5. E B Snare
    April 5, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Wonderful inspiration, very excited!

  6. Andrew Thornton
    April 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

    What an inspiring prompt! I'm definitely going to have to get in on this one!

  7. roseworksjewelry
    April 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Ooo – interesting! let's see what I can do…

  8. m.e.
    April 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I am in LOVE with this unexpected color combo!
    As soon as I saw the painting I had an inspiration! But, how to transform the idea into a piece of jewelry???? I blogged about it this week 4/9 m.e.:)


  9. Grubbi
    April 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Entered and blogged about here


  10. peacockfairy
    April 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm
  11. Mackin-Art
    April 18, 2011 at 12:54 am
  12. E B Snare
    April 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm
  13. stacilouise
    April 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I had so much fun with this one! Here is my link, please include me in the hop. Thanks!


  14. Kate
    April 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm
  15. becca
    April 29, 2011 at 8:04 am
  16. MiddleEarthsJewels
    April 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    April's challenge was a delight! And the entries wonderful..I know I am past the deadline for the blog tour..just want to say how much I enjoyed 'Finches and Bamboo'.
    Mary Anne

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