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Red on Amethyst and Opal by F.A. Moore

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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.


2010-01-13 Red on Amethyst and Opal featured in Inspired Art

2010-01-13 Red on Amethyst and Opal featured in Abstract Digital Art and Writing

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



  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago


    Please also see companion piece, Red’s Solo Exhibition

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    OK, MEGA-FAV, instantly!
    I’m drawn to this, completely, inexorably; finding it difficult to look away. It’s a life-force.
    Cosmically delightful and true.

  • Robin, I’m so glad you like it. Maybe because it’s newly created, it’s my current favorite too. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, Sharon, that was quick. I’m delighted that you like this piece! Thank you for the feature!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanalmost 5 years ago

    This composition fits me and my spirit so well… thank you for sharing.

  • That means a lot to me, Vasile. And I’m delighted to hear it, too. Thank YOU for sharing. :)

    – F.A. Moore

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgealmost 5 years ago

    Keep looking into the layers…fine work here

  • Thank you, Richard. Indeed, layers within layers, as I use old art to make new art.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 5 years ago

    |Gorgeous abstract with beautiful colours and symmetry.

  • Thank you for your beautiful comment, Wendi. How I appreciate you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • banrai
    banraialmost 5 years ago

    stunning piece Fran

  • Thank you, Banrai.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 5 years ago

    I love the balance and harmony you achieved with this visually! A striking abstract that like all your work invites contemplation!

  • So appreciate your wonderful comment, Joanne. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • mhkantor
    mhkantoralmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work frannie. reminds me of some of dali’s later work. fantastic, instant fave for sure.

  • I will have to check out Dali’s later work, now, MH. Thanks for pointing me in that direction. Definitely am a fan of Dali. Appreciate it!

    – F.A. Moore

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    fran this is wonderful as is the companion piece.creative and provokes the mind !! LIZ

  • thank you so much, Liz!

    – F.A. Moore

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