The zinnia is an old fashioned flower that is a symbol of summer to me. No garden is complete without these vivid, heat-tolerant blooms that are plentiful and easy to grow. Growing them is a source of deep satisfaction and I cut them, along with cosmos and marigolds, for small flower arrangements all season long. It is not unusual for me to have five or six vases-full at a time.
A painted image of the brilliant facets of a diamond is almost just as lovely as the real thing. These large-scale representations of diamonds by artist Kurt Pio please me to no end. He has truely captured the scintillation(the flash of light and darkness) of a fashioned diamond. Fascinated by the splendor of a cut diamond, I tried this a few years back but lacked the patience and skill to pull it off! Darn…I will just need to get my hands on one of these…
Check out artist Kurt Pio’s website for more.
Jaqueline Cullen embraces nature’s beauty. The rough-edged fissures of hand-mined Whitby Jet are lined with precious diamonds and gold. Jet, a fossilized material that was once used in Victorian mourning jewelry, is her medium. She redefines the black beauty of jet and creates dramatic sculptural pieces that inspire.