>Too Pink or Not Too Pink


bead embroidery portrait Abigail Adams Samuel John Quincy MA historical society beaded art
Semi-beaded Abigail Adams portrait. 12″ x 12″. Beadwork in progress. 

Yesterday I was brave. Even though I’m not quite finished with the bead embroidery portion of this piece, I took out a brand new paintbrush, and a new tube of hot pink acrylic paint. I painted an entire 12″ square canvas pink! One thing I learned while doing this was that painting just one colour is almost as difficult as it is to paint with many colours!

But, why pink? The exhibition I am participating in is called Abigail in Perspective. I didn’t know much about Abigail Adams, so I began to do a little research. For a woman who lived in the late 1700’s, she was very ahead of her time. While she did learn domestic skills such as sewing, fine needlework, and cooking, she also spent much time in her father’s library reading subjects that women weren’t supposed to read (such as philosophy, history, and poetry). She also opposed slavery and she believed in equal education for boys and girls. By practicing these beliefs, it’s no wonder she was both wife and mother of two U.S. Presidents!

Knowing all of these things, I began to envision Abigail Adams in a more contemporary light. I chose this pink because it is bold, moderne, and feminine – all of which describes Abigail perfectly. What do you think about pink? 😀

6 thoughts on “>Too Pink or Not Too Pink

  1. >I used to hate pink and avoided it like the plague, but I've come to be quite fond of it. I used to think of it as too girly, but now I understand that it can be a brave embrace of all things feminine, as well. You go, girl!

  2. >This pink is nice and fits with your personal view about Abigail.I like this way of beading, is unusual in you, but I love it.It reminds me of free form crochet.

  3. >I don't think your version of Pink even existed as a paint or dye color during the 1700's…but, it may have existed in nature, in flowers, in the sky, in their mind. I like that you are offering up on her behalf, in this day in time. Very brave. Bravo!It is striking and strong, and feminine and modern. It reminds me of a Haitian (sequined) flag I have.You cannot go wrong.

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