Elemental Pendant

We have building works going on right beside us creating enormous amounts of dust and noise, so I decided to bring inside the crystals and stones I had on a table on the verandah beside my office. I have had a huge piece of petrified wood for years, since I lived in Boonah, south-east Queensland. It’s from Mt French, the big mountain close to Boonah, and a friend gave it to me. This time, as I picked it up, a piece broke off much to my suprise. However, I held it and felt it was calling to be made into a pendant, a grounding piece of the earth element with links to earth elementals.

So I painted it with gold and rainbow glitter nail polish, something I wouldn’t normally do as I like my stones au naturel, but these seemed to inspire a connection with the earth elememtals. Then I added a gold wrap, an aquamarine stone to honour water elementals, and clear and purple Swarovski-type flatbacks to represent the spiritual connections of this pendant.

This piece has a very powerful, ground energy with deep links within Mother Earth.  She also keeps me connected with Australia where I lived for over 40 years.

A Foray into Black and White Photography

We stopped in the entrance to our communal car park yesterday in the late afternoon and I just noticed the juxtaposition of dried grasses against the grey of the Besparmak Mountains shrouded in cloud. I got my husband to wait (not a happy camper) until I got a photo but then decided that black and white suited the image better due to its moodiness.  I don’t often use black and white, in fact I can’t ever remember creating a black and white image, but always a first time for everything!

Original Photo
Cropped photo of original photo colourised. I’ll use this in other digital art.

 

Honour the Earth/Honour the Water Protectors

I found the original image of bison on the move in Pixabay (where you can pick up free images) and it reminded me of the bison as part of our earth heritage and appearing at Standing Rock as the Water Protectors were standing up for clean waters. So it’s not just about honouring the earth, but also those who are standing up to protect the waters around the earth wherever action is needed.

Crystals Galore!

Friday afternoon I was sitting creating some art pieces when I got the nudge that crystals I’d ordered from the US had arrived. Normally parcels from America turn up in roughly 2-3 weeks but this package turned up within 1.5 weeks because, yes, when my husband popped up to our post box in Alsancak, there were my crystals waiting for me, beautifully packed in a cardboard box. So my intuition is working nicely, I’m pleased to say.

I must admit that I ripped the parcel apart in my excitement to get at the crystals I’d ordered.  So here below are my gorgeous new stones,  supplied by Jan Haerer at: http://www.topazspirits.com. She sends out monthly posts about new arrivals and really has a wonderful selection of varied, high quality crystals if you’re looking for a reliable supplier.

AMETRINE SPHERE

Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine so you get purple shot with pale yellow. This stone comes from Bolivia and for me is a stone of balance and creative inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREHNITE DREAM WEAVER WITH EPIDOTE INCLUSIONS

I find this stone very soft and calming, just right as a palmstone for meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAHARA DESERT STONE WITH STRIATED GOLD, BUFF AND BROWN

I love everything from the Sahara desert, got no idea why.  I have a couple of Libyan desert glass pieces as well as a couple of rocks from the Saharan region. This one I have yet to work with but it’s really interesting, patterned one side and very smooth the other, almost like lava rock.

QUARTZ – LIGHT SMOKY WITH FELDSPAR AND DEEP TOURMALINE

This crystal is from Pakistan and is a light smoky quartz together with feldspar and one piece of deep green tourmaline along with other green tourmaline scattered through the crystal. The green tourmaline is so dark it seems almost black but looks heavenly when you hold the stone up to the light. I haven’t worked with it yet so why I’m drawn to it. I have no idea but I know, when I saw the list of new crystals on offer, that this piece called to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSINA DOUBLE-TOURMINATED QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH GREEN, DRUZY EPIDOTE

The original Messina mine was finally exhausted a few years back, but there’s been a new find of quartz in recent times and this is where this crystal cluster has come from. It’s a complex stone – multiple terminations at both ends, and at one end there’s what I think is a small gwindel formation, where the quartz grows in different directions. It is elestial at one end and has a layer of green druzy epidote at the reverse side. Again I haven’t worked with this quartz yet so have to wait until I suss out how I interaction with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR QUARTZ POINT

Finally, and by no means least, Jan added in a freebie for me, a clear quartz point which is small, 5cms long, but packs a real power punch. I felt it resonate with me as soon as I picked it up, and I know it’s to help me balance my energies better and assist in healing from the fungal infection I’ve had on my left foot and which has been driving me mad as the itching at night in the warm bed kept me awake throughout the night for a couple of weeks. It’s settling down now and I intended to turn this small wand into a pendant I can wear around my throat chakra.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

This image was created from a photo of a tidal area in Australia, and overlaid with a pic I took of a yellow-orange gazania in our garden in North Cyprus.

I called it “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” because there is so much miserable stuff going on around the world, we need to remind ourselves that love,  light and laughter still exist to brighten our lives. And it’s still okay to have FUN!

As the Latin expression goes “Nil desperandum carburundum illegitami”: Don’t let the bastards grind you down!

The Sweetness of Life

These images – particularly the one of the honeyeater – reminded me of remembering the magic of how sweet life can be, despite all the ups, downs and challenges. Around us is the beauty of the natural world – flowers, birds, grasses, rivers, puddles of rain, and so on. And friends, lovers, partners – all offer us the possibilities of love, hugs and kind words.

The Passionate Heart

I created this from a photo I took of a seashell, part of a bag of seashells I bought at our local Yapi Market (do-it-yourself).  I loved the spiral which you can just faintly see because to me it’s the spiral of passion bursting out of the heart when you’re in love or full of creative inspiration.

This is the seashell I used as a basis for the digital art image.

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