On January 13th, I pulled out of my garage to drive my son to school and literally gasped when I was dazzled by an orchid sky. The world was aglow with the most amazing "sky-blue-pink" light I have ever seen. And then as I drove, I began to notice the trees were coated with fantastic spikey hoar frost. Hoar frost forms when the air is moist and just a little warmer than the frozen objects in the landscape. Trees, fences, and mailboxes grow fantastic ice crystals as the water in the air condenses, and the phenomonon lasts only until the sun is warm enough to wipe it all away.
I delivered my son and drove back home for my camera, but the pink light was gone, and the frost only lasted long enough for me to take a few shots. I vowed to make a necklace to celebrate all that beauty, and began collecting beads and jewels. When EBW Phenomenon Challenge was announced I started the project in earnest, but did not even come close to finishing in time to enter the challenge. But now, finally, it's all done and ready for the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition jury.
I would just LOVE to get my piece into this show. Last year over 1,790,000 people attended this fair. It's one of the largest in the nation (I think only Texas has a bigger one) and the Fine Arts exhibit has it's own building. Last year 2566 entries to the juried art show were received and only 382 were accepted. Any living artist in the state may enter ONE piece only. This year for the first time, there is an Art Jewelry category. And there are great prizes, although of course, winning any competition always depends on who else shows up with what.
So I ask you. WHICH ONE? Click any image to see it larger, if you like.
On the white form, I really see the little drop beads at the ends of each branch, and the color from the Swarovski Crystal Vitral Light jewels is dazzling, but the texture is really only visible thanks to chiaroscuro, the patterns of light and shadow. On the black, (and yes, I better buy a bigger one quick!) the shapes and negative spaces are featured, and the texture pops, but I am losing the drops completely. The beige form color seems to compete with the delicate and subtle pinks and blues, although the shapes and details are visible. I do not have a perfect solution and need to stop wishing for one to magically appear. Please help me! Which do you think displays the piece in its best light? Please leave me a comment or vote at the upper right. THANK YOU for your time and input!
Postscript: After 21 votes in the poll, with more than 50% going to the white display form, I concur. The strength of this piece is the color and texture, not as much the lines and spatial relationships. The cream velvet form I purchased was even a little better than the white I photographed for your votes, in that it offered a little contrast to the stark white of the beads, and really let the delicate color in the Swarovski crystals shine through. And you all gave me good advice, because January Dawn has been accepted. Again, thank you all so much for your support and thoughtful responses!