'I’ve never seen anything like it'
Most of the stones I use have been collected for a year in order to work out my compositions and then incorporate them into my paintings.
I get them from all around the world and from various vendors. Each semiprecious stone has individual properties generated energetically from the stone. The energy can be felt by wearing the stone, touching the stone and by having the stone in a room of your home.
I encourage people to touch the stones on the art to resonate with its properties. I include properties of the stones with the descriptions. Some stones are healing, energizing, loving, calming. Some resonate with different chakras and evoke emotions. These properties will fill your room where the art will hang. I love working with and showcasing the unique beauty found in each semiprecious stone. I work with mostly Grade A and B semiprecious stones. Sometimes I use stones that are in rough form before they are faceted like a fine piece of jewelry. The semiprecious stones I use in my Elements series come from all over the world.
I hope you enjoy these unique works as much as I enjoy creating them." ~Tesa Michaels
About this painting: This was such a fun and grand piece to do. I call it “Grandeur,” not only for eye catching and how big it is, but for how many amazing specimens of stones I used.
I really went all out with this painting in adding so many semi-precious stones. Each piece is so unique and great on its own and that’s what makes this piece so grand, is when you put them all together it really makes a statement.
I have collected these stones one by one and strand by strand for a year. I have collected them at bead and jewelry shows, found online throughout the world. I have used one or two in paintings before and didn't feel like they spoke to me and made an impact. However, when I was collecting them and had them all grouped on the table, I was mesmerized. They were so amazing like that and I knew from my reaction from seeing the stones as they were that I had to do a large, grand piece with a lot of different stones. I used metallic acrylic paint for the sky and oil for the foreground. I used tissue paper for the texture which I feel in person really brings it to life and more dimension. I crushed up clear quartz to line the clouds with, which really sparkle under the right light.
This was one of the funnest projects I have done and I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved putting it together.
Prehnite: Prehnite is a stone of unconditional love. Prehnite enhances inner knowledge, showing the path forward to spiritual growth through attunement to divine energy. Prehnite connects the will and the heart. In so doing, one’s actions attain the highest good.
Mica: Mica has reflective qualities to recognize flaws and see them with love. Mica is said to enhance flexibility in all realms and also assist growth in those areas. It is used to diminish anger, hostility, and nervous energy. Mica aligns energy of the body and releases blockages of energy within the body. It is used to improve visions and clarity. It is said to help eliminate negative personality traits by helping one recognize them.
Agate: Protection, Strength, Harmony. Agate’s most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming.
Mexican, Brazilian and Moroccan Geodes
Rose Quartz: Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” It’s energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in virtually any situation.
Clear Quartz: Cleans the atmosphere of negative energies and balances all endeavors.
Zeolite: Zeolites are said to be extraordinarily helpful for absorbing and removing toxins, whether it be in the environment or in a person. In a person, this metaphysical aspect makes zeolites excellent healing stones.
Selenite: Selenite is a stone of mental clarity. This clarity enhances mental flexibility and enables strong decision making abilities. It can affect every day life as full mental clarity into play to lesson confusion and mental disorientation. Selenite is also a stone of truth and honesty. This promotes good business practices as well as honesty in other types of relationships.
Chalcedony: It is used to lessen hostility and bring emotional stability. Chalcedony is considered a sacred stone by many Native American tribes and used for ceremonies. It has been called a “stone of brotherhood” bringing energies of loving kindness and goodwill to all.
As an artist Tesa is inspired by nature’s abundant landscape. “In my ‘Elements Series’ of abstracts, the semi-precious stones are my inspiration. I am so intrigued by them. They are like snowflakes; not one is the same as another. They are formed by the earth and are old, beautiful and so unique. I love them all. However, I am quite partial to Amethyst, Quartz rough crystals and Agate. The stones are so diverse in their energy and spiritual properties, and their colors and textures. To me they are precious treasures that I want to combine with my art to highlight their beauty in a unique way.”
Tesa Michaels was artistically gifted at a young age, stating “I began to draw first, rather than write. As a fourth generation artist, my great grandpa, grandma, and mother passed on their artistic talents to me.
“I have always been immersed in creativity, constantly finding inspiration while my family has always inspired and encouraged me to be a professional artist. At the age of 12, I painted my first oil painting, and at age 17 I was accepted in my first national show.”
Tesa studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Colorado where she earned her degree. Tesa worked in the graphic design field for some time; in printing, as an Art Director for a health products company and in advertising at J. Walter Thompson as an Art Director working on Ford commercials. After some time Tesa re-discovered her roots as a Fine Artist and picked up oils and found her true niche calling. “As an artist I am so passionate about each piece and have so much fun creating art. I learn from every piece I do and I have more ideas than I do time. I have constant creative thoughts running through my head at all times that I only wish I had more time to accomplish what I would like.”
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Tesa Michaels and share her talent with collectors worldwide.
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|Dimensions||48 x 48 in|