Sunday, November 14, 2010

Floral Still Life Painting of an Iris, Sapphire, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

'Sapphire' is quite the big gem... she measures in at 24x18 inches on gallery profile canvas, so it's a good thing she is meant to hang on a wall and not your finger!

The word Sapphire is derived from Sapphirus, which is Latin for blue.  The gems natural blue colour has always been associated with royalty (maybe that is where the saying 'blue bloods' came from?), so it makes sense that it has been a symbol of nobility, truth and sincerity.  Sapphires get their gorgeous colour tone from the trace elements iron and titanium, (as an aside, the white paint in this iris painting is a pigment called 'titanium' white...) and blue sapphires that are found in basaltic rock have a better colour because basalt is rich in iron.  A blue sapphire is the birthstone for people born in September, but my painting called 'Sapphire' is meant for anyone who loves Iris...  A Gem for your wall.

24x18 oil on gallery profile canvas (+ 25.00 S&H anywhere in North America) * if you can come by my studio to pickup your painting and have paid with the paypal button, I will reimburse you for the S&H

1 comment:


So regal Kim! (funny - I just read what you wrote)
Can just feel the velvety texture of the purple.