Monday, February 1, 2010

the ekphrastic challenge { part two }: riopelle

colour palette generated for this piece

bravo, superstars!
the 1st round of the ekphrastic challenge was met with fabulous nominations and suggestions! i just loved seeing your artistic interpretations of the art & the tones that create it!

so as requested: round #2!

today we're oohing and aahing at one of mr. rikrak's very favourite pieces of modern art, the breathtaking pavane by canadian artist jean paul riopelle. if you've ever had a chance to see this piece in it's mammoth (300 x 550.2 cm overall) 3-panel glory at our beautiful national gallery of canada, it is safe to say that you, like me, might have been... in ... awe!

i just love those gorgeous tones, the textured brushstrokes and the crystally movement of the piece. thought it might be perfect for today's weather!

so, here's the challenge for you:

using the idea of ekphrasis , a "graphic or artistic description/representation of a visual work of art."
study the colours of the painting above, and/or the colour palette generated to match it. leave a link here to a handmade item of yours, (or another's) that is inspired by these colours + tones!

in about a week, i'll compile the suggestions and post them as our 2nd collective *ekphrastic response.*
just keep in mind, i'm looking for handmade works that fit the colour-palette of this piece! thanks!

so show me your *riopelle-y*, nicies!
can't wait to see what you come up with!

and may your day be filled with gorgeous tones!
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  1. I've not seen that in real life yet, but it does look gorgeous! Love modern art!!

    I think Sew Mo's Henrietta Bag evokes these colors.

  2. As soon as I saw the piece I thought of this item from my mom's shop. I think the palette in these gloves is a pretty close match to the inspiration tryptic. The stitch pattern also mimics the brush strokes in the painting.

  3. How exciting...I'm right on the colour choice this week!

  4. My art corsage has a similar feeling I think.
    this is an inspiring challenge and new way to look at my work.. thanks

    This Charlotte Original Map Painting by Rachel Austin is a perfect fit!

  6. I just love this game! Last time the collection you put together was so great. Here's a painting of mine:

    When you see the close up, the colors underneath the blue is just like those in that amazing painting. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  7. I love Riopelle! Have you ever seen his Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg piece at the Quebec's museum? It's my fav ^_^

    I'll be back with a piece of mine.

  8. I do see exactly this blue

    in that painting. It's not mentioned in your little colour stamps but....


  9. I have this Blue Sugar type soap that is similar colors

  10. Well . . . Here's one of my hand dyed fabrics:

  11. This great pendant by Fiona Chapman in the UK fits, too!

  12. ooo what a fun idea! This color palatte is gorgeous.
    Ihave a necklace that actually has a few of those colors!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  13. I think this fun screenprint from beethings is a possibility:

  14. oops! sorry! It sold and I had to re-list it. Here is the correct link for "Proud as a Peacock Necklace"

    Thanks! Have a wonderful tuesday~

  15. The shades of blue in this piece are gorgeous. I would love to see this in person. The glass-like texture is reflected in this necklace with a sky blue swarovski crystal and oxidized silver evoking the shades of grey:

  16. these are gorgeous finds, nicies! can't wait to see them all together.

  17. This painting reminds me of oxidized silver! I love it! Here is a very popular piece from my shop that matches well!

  18. We designed a special challenge entry. An artistic artprint on our Nauli CD Cover.
    "Winter in the Alps" shows a fabulous woman skier in front of a mountain landscape.
    Riopelle's colours are matching so great for this theme! We are looking forward to make this design on other CD cover patterns, which was not possible because of long drying process.

  19. I love these challenges! What a wonderful way to see things differently...

    I suppose only someone as complicated as I am would see modern art and think antique silver...

  20. I would love to nominate this photo by Kyle Bogucki. Simply stunning!

    Thanks! xx

  21. I would love to nominate this item by Kyle Bogucki. Simply stunning!

    Thanks! xx

  22. I can't decide...
    I see this piece with the colour swatches...

    but this piece might work too...

    Great challenge!


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!