12x12 oil on canvas
This lapis lazuli necklace was placed on the same orange and ochre silk fabric as the necklace from yesterday. I enjoyed rendering the highlights on the flat disc shaped brass beads in the foreground and background of this painting... little bits of gold flecks throughout the stones (which in reality are 'pyrite', false gold) echo these brassy gold tones.
The name Lapis Lazuli comes from the Persian word 'lazhward', meaning blue, but in ancient times lapis lazuli was known as sapphirus, which is the name we use today for blue corundum... sapphire. The astrological sign of lapis is Sagittarius, and this semi-precious stone is believed by some people to benefit the respiratory system, the throat, vocal chords and thymus; which may be why it is connected spiritually to the throat Chakra which vibrates with the color blue.
Food for thought...
$200.00, 12x12 oil on canvas