Red on Amethyst and Opal

F.A. Moore

Newport News, United States

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“My Soul” lies beneath – a work you may never see,
peeking out from below what I paint to represent me.
— F.A. Moore, Jan. 10, 2010

Nominated by Elena Oleniuc

Amethyst: a reflection of my past, thoughts of the quartz geode from my history-teaching, cum geological explorer, cum tour company founder great, great grandfather. I’ve always been in love with this piece, although uncut Amethyst is not uncommon.

In Greeky mythology, Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, and as such, wine glasses were sometimes carved fom it. Egyptions used it for intaglio-engraved gems. In medieval Europe, Amethyst amulets were worn in battle for protection. It is the birthstone for February. — ref, Wikopedia

Opal: a reflection of my future, here shown as the milky bluish to greenish variety, which may or may not be of gemstone quality. Nevertheless, I prefer its lack of “play of color”, despite it being more common.

A mineraloid, Opal is made up of spheres of hydrated silica in fairly closely packed arrangement. Diffraction of various wavelengths that can make it through the dense configuration gives Opal its color.

In the Middle Ages, the Opal was considered a lucky gemstone. Some may have believed that it imparted powers of invisibility, if wrapped in a bay leaf and held. Apparently, in 1829, Sir Walter Scott’s popular novel, Anne of Geierstein, changed the Opal’s luck. A character wearing an Opal talisman dies, when a drop of holy water falls upon it and makes it colorless. For a couple of centuries afterwards, the Opal was often associated with bad luck, death, and even the “evil eye”. — ref, Wikopedia

Thankfully, technology and the information age won out, and the Opal is, once again, in good graces. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, the birthstone for October, and the star stone for Scorpio.

Red: representing a vibrant life, filled with people and events, and gifts given and received; made to reflect other colors I hold dear, because they are the clothing of God, revealed to us in nature.

Digital Fine Art by F.A. Moore, January 10, 2010
6000 × 6000 px @300ppi
PS/E6, Corel Painter/E4, PS/E1, Mac
RE: Abstraction of various sections and elements of other original artworks by the artist

Special thanks to B-Squared Stock and CAStock, for elements of my original artworks that were subsequently utilized to create other artworks, subsequently used to create this one.


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2010-01-10 Red on Amethyst and Opal featured in Dimensions

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