Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Choir of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem" 1635 

by Pieter Jansz Saenedam

37.1 x 48.2 cm"

Oil on Oak Panel

About the Art
Passion for the purity of light and line, so strong an element in Dutch art, is found at its most abstract in the art of Saenredam. He restricted his subject matter largely to the portrayal of whitewashed Dutch ecclesiastical interiors, which he shows stripped of centuries of medieval embellishment by the Reformation's iconoclasm, as seen in the Choir of St. Bavo, Haarlem. It was in this great church that Saenredam and Frans Hals were buried.

I have to say I really enjoyed the challenge this month! I came up with so many designs that I had a hard time choosing. I made others but chose this one to express the ceilings where I was drawn to expressing the lines and the triangular patters that I see when the buttresses come together. I have the opportunity many years ago to visit Paris and this painting took me right back there. The architecture is amazing! This is my expression of the structural lines of the cathedral and along the way I realize that I love to incorporate earthy  expressions that stem from growing up on a small farm and surrounded by animals, gardening and farming itself. I will show a new group of beads and jewelry inspired by my life and the Art Bead Scene challenges.

Bead Challenge - I made the 3 leafed shape in the back by cutting, manipulating and flame coloring it. I then layered different components to create a single pendant bead.
The Bead Challenge - Embossed, flame patina and shaped copper.

These 3 beads are polymer clay. I used a simple wavy shape and focused on the warm and the cool tones of the painting and the interplay between the 2 tones. I kept the one to the left because I just had to I love these colors! Bronzes, browns, warm and cool silvers, yum!

These earrings were created for the Earring Challenge. Check out the video inspiration!

I used copper drops with Lilly Pilly 24 gauge patina sheet that I pressed texture into. I fire colored the metal and textured with a corrugated pattern to represent the lines that went from the gears to the balls. I wanted to do something that was more kinetically inspired but my time was limited. Instead I responded to the


  1. Each blog I've looked at points out all the more clearly that each of us found a unique part of the painting and architecture to focus on! I love how the triangular patterns bending in the painting look alive and flower-like in your design. I find it just splendid!

  2. Wonderful work, Katherine! I didn't know about an earring challenge--will go see what it's all about!


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