Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Honoring Mother Earth

Garden Goddess


Garden Goddess pictured at left is an interpretation of Mother Earth. The buddha-like goddess sits in her garden.  She nurtures and tends to the earth. 

The vibrancy of the blooming flowers and orange/pink coloring speaks of the vitality and energy of a grounded connection with our Mother Earth. 

See more of my Original Paintings and Reproductions at Etsy here.

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See more Mother Earth and Goddess themed jewelry here.
Red Jasper is known as an "earth stone" and "supreme nurturer".  It is a healing stone and known for it's earthy grounding energy. 

The leaf design pictured at right combines the nurturing energy of red jasper with the symbolism of the oak. 

Trees have long been a symbol of earth connection as their roots reach deep within the earth seeking nourishment.  Just as the mighty oak draws strength from the earth, we too, should take the time to walk barefoot upon the ground beneath us, and draw strength from the energy that rises from "Within". 

See more of my Tree and Leaf Jewelry here.
See Tree and Leaf Jewelry on Etsy here.


Native Dancers Necklace

My Tribal Dancers Design Necklace features pipestone handcarved by Mokasiya.  Only a handful of designs are being created with this earthy and grounding stone which can bring spiritual routine into your life.

The symbolic dancing figures are mirrored on either side of the large one of a kind pipestone (catlinite) stone. The dancers are symbolic of joie d'vivre or ''joy of life'' with spiral, swirling detailing.

The overall shape at a distance looks like a spider which is symbolic of creation and creativity.  The Hopi Native American's myth is that of a spider woman as the creator of the world and as such, this pendant takes on the symbolism of this spider-goddess, Mother Earth.

Origins; Birthing Beauty.

Origins; Birthing Beauty has a creation and Mother Earth theme. This placid mother gives birth to the orchid flower in full bloom.  The sphere symbolizes the earth while the orchid is beauty and miracle. 

The child figures symbolize the human race, nurtured by the mother who has given them life.  This  goddess painting is full of blooming life, expression and beauty.

While the original painting is no longer available, you can find prints available here.

 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A New Life For Lolita

Lolita photography from www.orcanetwork.org
Bronze Dolphin Pendant
Until her release from captivity, profits from the sale of my Ocean-Life themed jewelry and art are donated to the Orca Network's mission in giving captive orca, Lolita, a new chance in life by retiring her to her native habitat of the pacific northwest, where her known family and probable mother are still alive...In addition, I have donated one of my bronze dolphin pendants to Chicago's Spring Fling For Lolita which you can bid on at the event. 

Dolphin rings with symbolic stones

To find out more about Lolita, visit www.orcanetwork.org and check out the FB event Spring Fling For Lolita being held in Chicago this May 2014. Please do what you can to spread awareness of Lolita's plight...she's spent a heartbreaking 30 years in a tank that is too small even by federal regulation!

See more about ocean life symbolism at http://www.stacieanthony.com/2014/02/ocean-views.html


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stones and Symbols of Spring

stacie anthony painting
Green Goddess

The Color Green
Green is the color associated with the new growth of spring. 

Green Goddess is my charcoal & pastel painting with simplified leafy vining lines silhouetting a female form.  This Green Goddess embodies new life, green living, and spring growth and renewal.






"Living Green" clasping bracelet

"Living Green" Maple Seed Rings
Green Stones: Peridot

Peridot is bright yellow-green gemstone with a warm and friendly energy.  It is cleansing and stimulating to the heart and solar plexus chakras.  Peridot helps to regulate one's cycles: physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and life cycles.  It is a strengthening and regenerating tonic for the body.

My maple seed "wing" design is inspired by the flight and life-force of the maple seed. From it's first flight, the maple seed finds it's perfect place in the world to live and grow. Spread your wings and do the same.


Green Stones: Aventurine
Aventurine is a variety of quartz or feldspar which embodies the "pioneering" spirit, encouraging an adventurous lifestyle or attitude.  Aventurine enhances creativity while balancing the intellectual, emotional, physical, and auric bodies.

See more of my ToeGems Toe Rings here
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Butterfly Symbolism
Butterflies are a fluttery spring symbol of transformation.  Their association with purity and innocence is indicative of "spring cleaning" and cleansing for the body and chakras, especially the upper chakras and states of enlightenment.

See more of my Butterfly Totem Jewelry here.
See more of my Butterfly Totem Pendants on Etsy here.


Rainbows & Opal Symbolism
Rainbows are associated with spring rains and the optimism of a fresh new perspective. 

Opals are imbued with the power of the rainbow!  Throughout history they have been thought to represent luck, success, happiness and imagination. 

See more of my symbolic Opal Jewelry here.










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Work in Progress: Phoenix Self Portrait

The Creative Juices are flowing as I work on finishing my latest painting. This piece is a phoenix theme in an 18 x 24 format. The Phoenix is the mythological fire bird and as a fire-sign myself, it became inevitable that the Phoenix would find her way into my work. 

The Phoenix appears in Persian, Iranian, Lebanese, Russian and Greek mythology, but is most associated with Chinese cosmology as an emblem of their empress.  The phoenix is an enormous winged bird that dwells immortally in the highest regions of heaven, visiting us on our plane of existence to forecast great events.  She is a symbol of Fire, Divinity, and Immortality.

This piece calls for a little more "fire" and then the finishing work to bring it to life, but I thought I would share this one in it's incomplete state of raw beauty in line and color. My impromptu photography does not do this piece justice in regard to the depth of color, but here it is, never-the-less.   

The large asymmetrical heart symbol is indicative of my Open Heart series of paintings which explore the intelligence of the heart.  Through the depth of our experience, we become more colorful and vibrant. 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ocean Views!


On my recent trip to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, I took advantage of the opportunity to visit the San Diego Bay only a short 400 miles away. My beau and I flew in and out of San Diego and road-tripped out to the show and back.  What a fabulous trip including my first time on a sailboat, yikes!  As you can see by the sheer contentment clearly written in my smile, I took to it like, well, a fish takes to water.

The best part of the entire trip, besides the glistening gems at the show, of course, was the glistening ocean view and sunny San Diego weather - a duo sure to inspire blue-green reflections of ocean life!


STAR FISH
The little green gems in this starfish design ring are aventurine, a gemstone you'll want on your next journey.  As the name suggests, it is a stone of "adventure".  It is known to bestow it's wearer with qualities of independence, perseverance, and leadership. 

The starfish is a symbol of many things, the main one being a star from the sky which fell into the sea.  In this way, the starfish is a totem for hopes and dreams.

The starfish also has feminine energy, as it represents the Virgin Mary. 

It is a celestial symbol, representing divine love.

Other symbolic meanings of these intriguing five fingered "sea stars" include guidance and inspiration, brilliance and intuition.

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http://wingedwomanart.3dcartstores.com/Poseidons-Bride-starfish-necklace-with-paua-shell_p_33.htmlPoseidon's Bride is the necklace at left.  It's coiled links and brilliant blue green paua shell speak of the underwater current. 

The paua shell is found off the coast of New Zealand, and the coils are handcrafted one-link-at-a-time. 

My "Sea Star" and double starfish pendants are available in both sterling and bronze, and can be created with or without gemstones. 

View more of my ocean life inspired designs here.
View more of my necklaces with handcrafted chains here.


DOLPHINS
Of course, no design book of "inspiration by sea" would be complete without the dolphin, a prevalent symbol in my work and important symbol for our world.

I believe the dolphin is a very important creature from which we can learn many life-lessons. 

They are an important symbol for world-peace, creating interspecies bonding/communication, fostering understanding. 

The dolphin is a symbol of optimism, community and communication.  It is also playfully symbolic of a free-spirited nature, as well as gentleness and graciousness.

Both lunar and solar symbolism are represented by this pure-hearted symbol. 

The Caribbean blue stone featured in the pendant above is Larimar, found in the Dominican Republic.  It is associated with the Throat chakra, aiding in communication. 

Larimar is also known to be born of volcanic activity, and is therefore, thought to balance and soothe the emotions.  It is also thought to teach respect, love, and nurturing...appropriately paired with the loving symbolism of the dolphin. 

My dolphin ring designs at left feature grey moonstone and blue/green labradorite.  Both stones are known for their surface sheen and mystical qualities. 

Moonstone is symbolic of the moon and divine feminine, whereas, Labradorite is known to contain solar and lunar energy as a "stone of destiny". 

My destiny has followed a curvy road and has led me to share the stones and symbols that aid me in my journey.  Where will destiny lead you, and what symbols will show you way? 






 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

 This year, I packed my bags and said a temporary "goodbye" to the polar vortex and sub-zero temps in Wisconsin. In search of unique and special gemstones for my jewelry designs, I found myself trekking to Arizona and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Heavenly Blue Azurite is native to Arizona and you'll find very large boulders to very small micro-specimens available at the show.  Azurite is often found with malachite and these specimens can be stunning in jewelry.  Watch for azurite and malachite featured in new and upcoming jewelry designs.


The purple amethyst and yellow citrine cathedrals were spectacular.  There were many show-stopping pieces in heights that could easily reach twice my size.  However, I felt I was lucky to find some beautiful micro-clusters for my designing pleasure!

You'll see the serene and peaceful energy from the amethyst cathedral pictured was so calming I couldn't even keep my eyes open!  Amethyst is a stone of peace and spirituality, while citrine has a clearing effect and uplifting energy.  


I was happy to find the druzy amethyst specimens to pair with my wing, butterfly, and dolphin designs, while the citrine is still awaiting my imagination. 

amethyst druzy quartz
Citrine druzy quartz



Being blessed by Kwan Yin, goddess of compassion, was an added bonus of the Tucson show.  Where else can you hang out with the Buddha, Kwan Yin and various other gods, goddesses, gargoyles, and religious figures on a sunny February afternoon?

Speaking of the divine, another find was Herkimer Diamonds.  Many of the beauties below were chosen as twin-crystals, meaning they each feature two crystals attached together and many have inclusions and special quartz features (keys, windows, etc).

They are a quartz crystal native to Herkimer, NY (hence, the name), which are known for their psuedo-diamond clarity and double terminated formation (meaning they have a point at each end of the crystal).

I am still contemplating how to design around these powerful little crystals, but you can expect to see the new Herkimer Collection emerge in the Spring!

 Herkimer Quartz have a harmonious and spontaneous energy.  It can stimulate clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities as well as telepathic communication.

Another divine gemstone is Moldavite, which is really from out-of-this-world.  It is a glass meteorite or "tektite" which fell in Czechoslavakia, millions of years ago.  This transparent gem is the rarest variety of tektite and the only gem-quality stone of extra-terrestrial origin.

The designs I am planning for the moldavite collection include hawk totems, wings, and goddesses, however, the stones speak for themselves sometimes during the design process and so many new ideas will emerge as I begin work!  Watch for the Moldavite Collection to emerge within the next few weeks and into the spring. 

I am also expanding my opal design collection and you can expect to see more ring designs featuring one-of-a-kind Australian and now, Mexican opals too, thanks to the mexican opal dealers at the gem show!  

Thanks to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, my next few months in the studio will be busy and creative ones!  I'm especially looking forward to working the one-of-a-kind raw materials into unique and spectacular designs.  Give me a few weeks to a few months and watch as the new designs take shape!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Love Stones & Symbols



With Valentines Day right around the corner, of course I begin to focus on the heart, common love stones, and the love symbols I typically use in my designs.

THE HEART

The heart shape finds it's way into many of my designs, whether intentional from the start or not.  The cat pendant above, titled Beloved, simply began as the long graceful asymmetrical line of the sleeping cat silhouette.  However, once I had the beautiful arching line of the rump, offsetting the foreground cat totem figure with the background heart shape became second-nature.  


THE SPIRAL

In this Beloved cat necklace design, the tail indicates the spiral, another prevalent element in my work which symbolizes eternity or in this case, eternal love.  The spiral is repeated in my handcrafted coil chain on which the pendant is hung.

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The red tiger eye above, appropriately paired with feline imagery, becomes a symbol itself for Love and the Heart.  Red is the color of passionate love.  It is the color associated with Cupid.

Another very popular red gemstone is Garnet.  It is known as a stone of devotion.  My ToeGem Toe Ring shown here features a red garnet gemstone set within a symbolic spiral of sterling silver.

Rose Quartz Butterfly Totem, butterfly love pendant in sterling silver, symbolic rose quartz jewelry, butterfly pendantPink, the lighter shade of red, is a color very commonly associated with the emotion of romantic love.  Along with the color green, it is associated with the chakra, or energy-center, located at the heart. 

Rose Quartz is probably the most popular stone given on Valentine's Day.  It is the stone of "gentle love" with soft heart-centered energy.  My Butterfly Totem pendant at left features soft pink rose quartz.

Rhodochrosite, the soft pink and cream banded stone in the Flight of Love dove-design ring at left is considered a stone of love and some claim it can heal a broken heart.

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Paired Imagery in my work, most often taking the form of birds or doves, is a symbol of soulmate love.  Click here to read more about the symbolism of DOVES...

LOVERS

Soulmates pendant, Bronze pendant, soulmates jewelry, valentines day, lovers pendant, romance jewelry, spiritualLovers or coupled human imagery is also a prevalent theme in my work and symbolizes soulmates and eternal love.  Here my Soulmates pendant is pictured in bronze.  The design includes the male and female figures in a loving front-facing embrace, a shared heart-space, and a "halo" of the romantic moon set behind them.

THE COLOR GREEN

Copper Gems toe ring, aventurine or lapis toering, copper toe ring, toe gems, green or blue toe ring, toe jewelry, foot jewelry, summerThe color green is associated with the heart chakra, and the green stone most typically associated with this energy center is aventurine. It is a soft green feldspar and is known to aid in regeneration of the heart.  Green Aventurine promotes compassion and empathy.  The copper toe ring at left features a beautiful green aventurine stone and dark textural patterns.