Thursday, December 15, 2016

The First Noel

The First Noel
"Look at that SUN!" Two days ago, the sunset was spectacular. I have seldom seen such a huge orb on the horizon, and it was such a fabulous neon-pinkish-orange color. I watched as it was sinking behind a grove of leafless trees, making breathtaking black silhouettes against a luminous, enormous sky. I am still thinking about how beautiful it was, and I keep telling people about it. It seems like sharing the grandness of that view completes it - makes it better. 

$50.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" acrylic on panel 
ready to frame  



C. S. Lewis talked about this concept in his writings. "I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms" I wholeheartedly agree with this idea! When I am overwhelmed with great beauty, or great thoughts, or great love, I just cannot wait to tell someone. (Maybe Facebook and Blogger and a lot of other social media is successful just because we need to share things to complete our own delight in them.) 

This brings me to this little painting, The First Noel. I cannot really imagine the enormity of GOD becoming man, and the angels' announcement, the star guiding the wise men, the shepherds... but they saw, and they told others. They couldn't keep it to themselves. My soul just swells up and feels like it is too big for my body when I think about this. I know there is no way I can properly communicate what I would like to be able to share, but here is a start. 

The little painting is painted on a damaged, but reworked ArtByte panel. I love the juxtaposition of the black and the shining gold. The textures in the background remind me of the dark landscape the shepherds were in as they kept watch over their sheep at night the night Jesus was born. The splashes of gold and other sparkling texture are the stars, angels, gifts, and the Gift... God among us. 

This passage reminds me of the day of Jesus' birth (though it may not be a direct reference to it):
Isaiah 60:1 - 2 (New American Standard Bible)
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Over His Heart

Over His Heart (Breastpiece)
I don't know what I would ever do without the help of my beloved husband! This is a grouping of a series of paintings. He suggested the theme for the series, and also helped figure out how to frame them to advantage. 

$600.00, $25.00 S & H
22" x 30" acrylic on individual 6" x 6" canvas panels
framed as a group
 




He suggested this theme, painting abstract representations of the precious stones mentioned in the Bible. This grouping represents the Breastpiece the High Priest of Israel wore over his heart. 

Exodus 28:29 (New American Standard Bible) Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crunch time...

Small, specially priced paintings for the exhibit
On this coming Friday, an artist reception for my Solo Exhibit will be happening. I am looking forward to this exhibit, but it is SO much work to be ready. Actually, I love the work, too. It is a great way to share my year's work, and I so much appreciate the opportunity.

This time around, I have two pieces that are three dimensional (but are still primarily paintings) and a 'tower' of specially priced small paintings, just in time for Christmas giving. 

This exhibit will be at the Gallery in Warsaw, Indiana for the month of December. For more information, please feel free to contact me, or find the event on my Facebook page.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Beryl replacement

Beryl replacement
"I love that blue pic!!!!! I'm so excited ... I want it in honor of Grandma Chris and my Aunt Karen. They wore those colors," a friend from my childhood said in a message to me, as she bought one of my gemstone paintings. It is such a treat for me to hear from her, sell a painting, and 'have to' paint a replacement! 

Part of piece called Over His Heart
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel   

This is a painting to fill out the set of paintings for the passage in Revelation that describes the New Jerusalem. The beryl is an aquamarine stone that is very clear and has fissures through it. Trying to represent this stone in an abstract way is a challenge that I have relished! 

Revelation 21:19 - 20 "The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst."


Photo reference for beryl

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Penny For Your Thoughts

Penny For Your Thoughts
Well, my birthday was November 8. Election day. I had a great day that day. I spent time with my husband and son, (my daughter gave me a surprise the weekend before) and I had a lot of uninterrupted studio time. Of course, I voted, too. I chose to not look at news or social media much, other than to thank people for birthday wishes. 

Doesn't it kind of seem like the world has turned upside down since then? Or at least our country? I am pretty sure I have thought this before, and even in the last few months, but my goodness. I have already started to talk to another artist I know (and we may meet so that we are face to face) who disagrees with me on many issues. I hope that many of us can do that, and be kind and respectful to each other. 

$375.00, $10.00 S & H
22" x 28" acrylic on watercolor paper 
ready to frame  




One thing I am pretty sure of, and that is that I did not expect the craziness that has happened recently. Did you? I am sure my Heavenly Father knew what was ahead, and I am reminded that I don't always have the right viewpoint. Scripture speaks to me here. 
Penny For Your Thoughts - upside down

Isaiah 55:8-9 (English Standard Version)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

My signature can be found in the lower left corner of this painting, but since Tuesday, my view has changed. I think I like this painting better "upside down". So I will be painting out that signature, and redoing it. I want to turn my eyes upward and align my thoughts with GOD's thoughts. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

More Beryl

More Beryl
 The colors of autumn are just amazing, aren't they? Not only the changing leaves and fading grasses, but the sky. Oh, the sky! The sunrises and sunsets have just been so beautiful. The beryl stone is a clear aquamarine stone that spurs my imagination and reminds me of clear, cold skies. 
SOLD $50.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 
 


It was fun to play with the clear, pale blues and the rectangular structure of the aquamarine beryl. The iridescent gold in the painting is a delightful hint of Heavenly beauty, too. 

Revelation 21:19 - 20 "The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst."


Reference photo for beryl

Monday, November 7, 2016

Jacinth 2

Jacinth 2
Jacinth is not a stone that I would have been able to describe to you before I started painting this series. One of the things that I have loved is learning about these beautiful stones. I collected rocks as a kid, but somewhere along the way, I lost some of my interest. It has definitely been rekindled! 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 
 
 

Revelation 21:19 - 20 "The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst."


Reference photo for jacinth

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Raven-ous

Raven-ous
Someone who I care about is having a tough time financially. He has several part-time jobs, but can barely make ends meet. Sometimes, he runs out of groceries and gas money. We help with his needs, when possible, and he is looking for a better, maybe full-time job. Still, each time he is in a tough spot, GOD provides for him. 

$150.00, $10.00 S & H
11" x 14" acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas 

palette knife painting


It reminded me of the Biblical passage where GOD used ravens to feed his servant. Wanting to paint this raven on a bare branch, I did some research on them, and I also checked what other sections of Scripture had to say about these birds. There are some passages that are of a more disturbing nature, but there are a bunch of places where provision is the main point. I just think that is so cool! 

1 Kings 17:1-7 (English Standard Version)
Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 2 And the word of the Lord came to him: 3 “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

Luke 12:24 (English Standard Version)
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. 
Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Amethyst Again

Amethyst Again
"Have you finished your September painting challenge yet?" asked my friend who is a gallery owner. Marc is an artist too and I think he would love to try a challenge where you paint every day. "No... I still have about four paintings to finish, I am afraid," was my rueful reply. Part of what has been making it tough for me to finish the series is that I have already done several purple stone paintings. 

Part of piece called Over His Heart
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
 
In spite of having four similar purple paintings and six green ones, I have loved painting these gemstones that are mentioned in the Bible. In particular, I am working on finishing  the list in Revelation that describes the New Jerusalem. I cannot imagine the beauty of that city. Now t finish the last of the group... 

Revelation 21:10-21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
"10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, like a jasper stone, bright as crystal. ...
19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst."

Reference photo for amethyst

Monday, October 31, 2016

Two studies

Crow Landing Study
Today I am sharing two studies I did that I really like. I painted these birds with palette knife on tracing paper. I didn't trace them though. I wanted to be able to see through the paper to fit them to a background to see which I preferred on another painting. 

Crow Landing Study
$25.00, $5.00 S & H
7" x 6.5" acrylic image painted on 9" x 12" 25 lb. acid free tracing paper






Well, I like the studies so much that if they don't sell, I will frame them and hang them in my solo exhibit in December! 

Perched Crow Study
Perched Crow Study
$25.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" acrylic image painted on 9" x 12" 25 lb. acid free tracing paper




If you would like to purchase both, please contact me to pay only one 
S & H fee. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Emerald City

Emerald City
"My parents made me watch that when I was young, and it scared me so much! I don't like it. I don't want to watch it," he said. This adult friend still won't watch the Wizard of Oz, and hasn't since that time in his childhood. As I recall, there are LOTS of scary things in that movie, especially for a child! 

In a couple of weeks, I am going to go behind a (proverbial) curtain to pull levers and push buttons and try to make my country seem to be ruled by someone who can really manage - can protect us and keep everything going the right way. Well. I suspect my efforts will be even less successful than the 'wizard's' were. 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 



This little green painting is actually going to replace another 'emerald' painting I did that I was NOT happy with. I do like this one so very much better! This painting will probably go in the Revelation 21 'set' of paintings - though the Exodus 28 list also includes an emerald. Here's the thing, though. I am thinking about there being emerald in the foundations of the eternal city promised in Revelation. The city where GOD Himself is the Ruler. Pure Love, Justice, and Kindness. No levers and buttons will be necessary then. I can hardly wait.

Revelation 21:19 - 20 "The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst."


Reference photo for emerald

Monday, October 17, 2016

Chrysolite (or peridot)

Chrysolite
What a beautiful day it is today - though maybe a bit warm for Autumn. I have alternately been in my studio painting (and posting!) and outside enjoying the beautiful color and sounds of fall. How in the world is a girl to decide whether to be soaking up these rare days, or to be producing new paintings?! 

SOLD
$50.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 


Actually, this thought comes to me in part because of some discussions with my (musician) son and some podcasts I have been recently enjoying.  One of the artists that has inspired me greatly is Makoto Fujimura and I have been listening to some of his ideas and considering how they fit into my life as an artist. It has been helpful for prioritizing, at times - so that is part of the reason for spending time enjoying the fall color today. Taking time to enjoy it, not just walking by and thinking "That's pretty". 

video


Chrysolite brings me nearer the end of this series of small paintings, and is one of the stones mentioned in Revelation 21. I find myself so amazed at the color and beauty that GOD has created and shared with mankind. It makes me really look forward to my eternal future in HIS presence. What must HE have in store for us then! I cannot wait to see...

Revelation 21:19 - 20 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst.


Reference photo for chrysolite

Friday, October 14, 2016

Topaz the Third

Topaz the Third
"Well, I would really like one of those sticks with veggies and stuff on it, if we have time..." my husband said. It looks like this may be one of the first beautiful Fridays this fall, so we want to go and make a fire and cook over it and enjoy the beauty. But oh boy! I don't have much time!

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  
 

Another in my series, this is an abstract based on the inspiration of a topaz as mentioned in Revelation 21:19 - 20 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst.

Gotta go pack a picnic!

Reference photo for topaz

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Carnelian

Carnelian
"I think it is time to get on Instagram," I thought to myself. I listen regularly to an art marketing podcast called Artists Helping Artists, and they have been promoting Instagram for artists to use in our online presence for quite a while. I just hadn't decided to jump on yet... maybe this will be the day.

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame   

My studio has been busy today, as I have been preparing some handcrafted cradled panels with gesso for a large diptych I am hoping to paint, cleaning brushes, and working on this and other paintings. Carnelian is still part of the series I started with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge - stones mentioned in the Bible. This one has a lot of iridescence in it as I try to represent an agate-like red stone. (see link at the end of the blog post for a reference photo) Today it was nice to have a theme to keep me painting. No blank canvas freeze, so to speak. 

In our country this day and this year, I feel like I need a plan - a direction - to keep me from freezing up in my daily life, too. Our election this coming month is hanging over all of our heads, I think, and there are so many other things in the daily news to draw me/us to a distracted inability to function well. I want to follow a daily, step-by-step direction for my own life, too, and I have found my help in daily Bible reading and focus on My Redeemer. 

Matthew 6:32 - 34 (NASB) "...for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Revelation 21:10-21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
"10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, ...
19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst..."

Reference photo for carnelian

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pearl - SOLD

Pearl
Lustrous, with a deep, subtle beauty, a pearl, when mentioned in the Bible, references something of extraordinary value. I find that to be so interesting on a philosophical level, since a pearl is formed because of an irritation. And seemingly, the longer the irritant is present, the larger and more precious the pearl becomes. Evidently the many thin layers of a pearl are what cause the iridescence that is so fascinating and beautiful. 

SOLD
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 

The beauty of this natural illustration seems obvious to me. It models GOD, the Creator, bringing about loveliness from difficult situations, in my life and in all of HIS creation. How precious it is to me that HE will bring about grace and beauty from adversity! (I have to admit, though, the thought of enduring an irritant for a long time is not at all appealing!)

Job 28:12-19
12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding? ...
17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,
    nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
    the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
      nor can it be valued in pure gold. 

Matthew 13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." 

Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Here I Go Again

Here I Go Again
Though the story of this work may not seem remarkable to you, the construction of this painting made an impact on me, more than my paintings often do. It actually started life (so to speak) as an experimental portrait of my daughter. In it I used a photo reference, but no 'aids'. Just paint and brushes. I liked it, and saw her in it, but it was at a very uncomfortable state between expressionism and abstraction which definitely did not work for a portrait! Still, it was nearly impossible to spread paint over that dear face! 

On the other hand, I knew where this painting was going. It was actually inspired by a song (My Redeemer by Matthew Ward ) and my own painting called Gold II . And it was fitting, in an odd way, to hide my daughter's face under the glory of the new painting. The idea of being covered - made beautiful - by My Redeemer was continually playing in my mind as I painted. I just wish I could let you see a glimpse of the beauty and delight I 'saw'. 

$400.00, $25.00 S & H
20" x 20" acrylic on deep canvas, painted edges 



The painting is almost all earth tones - layer after layer, texture upon texture. There is some iridescent gold among the layers, but it is difficult to see. In this painting, earth tones are all of the things that occupy me daily. The gold represents the beauty and glory of my Redeemer, and His covering me - hiding me - in His own beauty and righteousness. 

Colossians 3:1-4 (English Standard Version)
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Isaiah 61:10 (HCSB)
I greatly rejoice in the Lord,
I exult in my God;
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation
and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness,
as a groom wears a turban
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sardonyx

Sardonyx
Since the end of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 painting challenge, I have had a full few days! The usual lull has hit, as far as completing a daily painting is concerned, but I have been in my studio more than I had been before hand. I am looking forward to making some of the small paintings I did into larger ones, and also to finishing up the paintings I didn't get accomplished during the month of September. (I think I still have 7 to go.) 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  
 

Today's painting is the sardonyx, the gemstone mentioned fifth in the passage about the foundation of the city in Revelation 21. As I turned back to look at the Bible again to reread this section, I noticed more particularly the preceding verses, and oh!, they are beautiful!

Revelation 21:3-4 (HCSB)
"Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:
Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them.
They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away."

Reference photo for sardonxy
Collage of September challenge paintings

I will post my challenge collage here, and also a couple of photos from the SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition XII artist reception, of which I was privileged to be a part. 






Friday, September 30, 2016

Emerald Revelation

Emerald Revelation
"How many of these stones overlap in the two lists?" asked my husband. He has been helping me consider how I will frame and display my paintings that I have been working on during this painting challenge. Of all of the stones mentioned in the Bible, the two lists of stones in Exodus 28 & 39, and in Revelation 21 are the stones I want to feature in grouped frames. I was surprised to find that I hadn't made myself complete lists - I just kept going back to the passages each day... so today I made the lists. Well, it looks like I have 7 more paintings to complete (and find acceptable) before I finish! WHICH is fine with me, I might add. I have really enjoyed this challenge. It has been so very interesting to research these stones (mostly gemstones) and learn about ancient language and usage and so on. I have just loved it.

N/A
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  
 
I have been so aware of beauty this month. This morning, I walked in our woods in the rain, and was fascinated by how the value contrast is accentuated - the dark trees look almost black, and the sky looks white by comparison. And all of the leaves looked like they just got a shower. Which, technically, I guess they did! And it sounds and smells different, too.

Last night, the purple gray clouds were highlighted and backlit by a big peach-colored thunderhead. It was amazing, and actually the whole sky had colored streaks in it. It made me ask GOD whether HE feels like HE should use more neutral colors - as so many artists seem to stress. Well, there were neutrals today. 

My neighbor is starting to harvest his corn, and the field has hollow brownish gold tunnels with dark, dark floors that seem to lead nowhere. The dry stalks tower higher than my head, and the whole field feels like an adventure just sitting there, waiting on me to try it out. It was beautiful, even in ALL neutral colors. 

I am thankful for beauty.

Revelation 21:18-19 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,

Reference photo for emerald

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Second Sapphire

Second Sapphire
Judging from the research I have done on the sapphire, it is a VERY clear stone - like blue glass. I think a person could look right through it. It seems to have a swirly texture to the fissures, and just a pure, deep blue color. It is beautiful, but tough to represent in an abstract painting! 

Since I am now working through the gemstones that are listed as being in the foundation of the New Jerusalem, I thought I would like to represent the sapphire in a huge, eternal sort of way. I feel like in this little painting, I could look right through the blue sapphire and see the stars and nebulae and distant space. 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  

I started my day with the privilege of meeting my friend Emma Lou for a visit. (You should meet her - she is a wonderful friend! She invited me to sit on her enclosed patio and watch the rain on the lake. No other friend has ever invited me to do something like that.) We talked about all kinds of things, as we usually do. She is a fascinating person. It was a good start to the day! 

Revelation 21:10-21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone,  like a jasper stone, bright as crystal. 12 The city had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were  at the gates; the names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. 13 There were three  gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 The  city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations. 15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used. 18 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass.
19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst.
21 The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each individual gate was made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Reference photo for sapphire