Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Smallest & Biggest Spiritkeepers Stones Ever

In a previous post I wrote about the largest Spiritkeepers Stone to date; the Giant Wolf Holey Stone (#sk043). Sized at 12" wide, 10" tall, and 2" at the thickest point, it's sure to impress guests with the size alone but also has a great amount of realistic detail. I've recently listed, in my Curio Castle Shoppe, the smallest Spiritkeepers Stone ever and it too has realistic wildlife details!

The new Emperor Penguin Family Group is a set of 5 painted rocks; four beach pebble (jasper, agate, basalt) birds rest upright for display in natural grooves in the flat silica background stone. The baby Penguin is the world's smallest Spiritkeepers Stone to date at only 1/2" long by 1/4" wide! The largest bird in set is 1" by 2/4" and they are fun to play with because the scene can be changed! The set is a true unique creation of 3-D art. Each piece is individually signed with the Spiritkeepers sigil and numbered.

Slide on over to my Curio Castle Etsy store to see different photos and learn more.
*Curio Castle Shoppe http://www.mysticgriffin.etsy.com/

All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Emperor Penguin Spiritkeepers Fossil Shard

Spiritkeepers Stone #sk040

A realistic, depiction of an Emperor Penguin graces this new Spiritkeepers Stone. It is a hand painted, unique original design created from the natural forms of the rock itself. This piece can be displayed as tiny decorative art, carried in a pouch or medicine bag, added to a personal altar, or used as jewelry supply for a wire wrapped pendant. Sized at 2" x 1 1/4" x 1/4" inches. (Details show much better in person; it was difficult to photograph due to the varied forms and reflections.) Comes with printed certificate; check my Etsy Curio Castle for availability. See the listing also for original metaphysical totem animal information.

Spiritkeepers are generally rocks that are whole and unbroken, mainly so that it's clear I don't changes the natural shapes, (my own little rule). This particular piece of stone was a bit different. Being a conglomeration of fossils, the stone was whole at one time. Nature, however, found an interesting way of altering the shape when my former studio was rocked by an earthquake. Having been in my personal collections, the stone was broken by falling household debris. In my metaphysical opinion there was, at that time, a shift in the energy of the now stone shard. There seemed to be an electric like spark, near to an excitement, to the energy. Indeed, there is a heavy amount of quartz in the stone, a known energy generator, and the crystals of fossilized creatures can be seen along the broken edge in lovely tones of blue gray.

*About the Animal:
The Emperor Penguin is perhaps best known, recently, for the animated motion picture, "Happy Feet", involving the metaphysical concept of soul-mates. Emperor Penguins make a sequence of journeys, as adults, each year in order to mate and to feed their offspring. Emperor couples are known to court each other and recognize one another by their unique calls, having a wide range of vocalizations. The Emperor Penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is found only in Antarctica. Like all penguins, it is flightless, with a streamlined body and flipper like wings for a marine lifestyle. The lifespan is typically 20 years in the wild, but some individuals may live to as much as 50 years of age.

The following was referenced for Emperor Penguin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Penguin

All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

NEW River Otter Stone Is Very Realistic

River Otter Profile Bust Spiritkeepers Stone #013
Unique, One of a Kind Hand Painted Totem Animal Art

I'm excited to release this new river otter into the wild! The unique shape of the rock begged for a sleek animal, and being that the stone is a river rock made otter a perfect choice. I never really know what the final animal is going to look like when a piece is finished, and I was rather surprised by the details of this critter. This river otter wears a somewhat serious expression, watching with alert senses. Realistic details bring the face to life, in the more difficult to manage 3/4 profile position. A slight bit of color hints at a lush river background, adding a vivid contrast to the red-brown fur of the otter. The fur colors are rich natural tones with creamy highlights; a personal favorite color combination.
The entire stone is about half the size an actual otter head would be in nature, and wraps around the form of the rock. On the back of the stone some of the natural color of the rock can be seen. I always try to leave some of the natural surface showing so it's new partner (aka owner) can be aware of that connection to a thing of nature, and not just decorative art.
As of now, this stone is currently available in my Curio Castle Etsy Shop (mysticgriffin) but if it has already found a home you can still read the details and see other photos by looking in the "Sold" section.
All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Stones Listed; Fox, Eagle, Bear, Dolphin

Just yesterday the garden yielded a few rocks that called out to be painted -- to do a little spiritual work perhaps. That brought to mind several Spiritkeepers that hadn't been listed yet for sale in my Etsy store. So based upon that inner guidance, I've listed several brand new stones! Some familiar favorite animals have popped up this time. I'm not entirely thrilled with the quality of my photographs, in all cases, but I am sure you'll be thrilled with the detail and care an in-person look will reveal.

Grizzly Bear #034 is curled up watching out for you from a granite pebble, Red Fox #031 and Bald Eagle Feather #030 are both painted on branch coral fossil, and Minoan Dolphin #020 on Pacific Ocean basalt would make a perfect paper weight for holding down spells at the altar or enchant bills on the desk top. I've personally encountered a real life example of each of these animals at one point; but my dolphins were in Florida and not Crete.
Some of the smaller stones are excellent to wire wrap as jewelry pendants, and it pleases me to offer them to other artists. Of corse, if a buyer would like to have a certain piece wrapped I can do so in brass, copper, or sterling silver, at this time, for a reasonable additional fee. Those same stones would also be perfect for a mo-jo medicine bag, and psst -- I can make those out of hand sewn leather too! The important thing is that if you feel a certain stone call to you then I'd like us all to be happy; lay away plan is available and custom requests considered.
I hope you enjoy viewing these new rocks in the Spiritkeepers collection!

Below, Brown Grizzly Bear #034

Minoan Dolphin #020
Red Fox #031 branch coral fossil

Bald Eagle Feather #030

All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Story Time Painted Stone

Peruvian Storyteller with Children; This rock had been a member of my studio space for a few years before I felt called to paint the unique Peruvian Storyteller design. Warm earth tones accent the friendly charm of this heartwarming Ayacucho storyteller and her young friends, including the white bird. Wearing traditional clothing of Peru, the expressive characters bring the design on the stone to life. It's hoped to be an inspiring piece reflecting family values, togetherness, and showcasing the age-old legacy of storytelling. Sized at three inches wide, three and a half inches long and standing at about one and a half inches high this one of a kind hand painted rock makes a perfect desktop paperweight or addition to any home decor.

The design is totally unique to this piece, and there is no pattern that exists. It was drawn directly onto the stone, then painted with quality acrylic paints. When I work with materials, especially rocks, I often get impressions or mental images. I feel that I tap into the energy of a stone, and we seem to exchange waves, or communicate. I interpret that energy, in combination with natural marks and bumps on the surface, to create the spiritual images that are Spiritkeepers Stones. I'm fully open to the concept that this process is simply my active imagination alone, but through my own experiments, I'm satisfied that I am communicating with the stone, or object, in most cases; my experience with this spiritual energy is perhaps akin to Remote Viewing. Some stones seem as if they've been assigned, or chosen, a spiritual job to do, and may need to find the person they are to do work for; That's where someone like me enters the picture. I am a helper to the stone along its path.
Now, this particular stone told me that it was very old and had journied far. Once it had been a giant boulder high up in the mist covered Olympic Mountains. It had slowly begun to shift its location on the mountain until it reached the river. Boulders and stones do this by altering the energy waves and weakening the soil structure around them. It doesn't damage or effect the health of the soil, but simply changes the energy waves; like giving a wiggle. Tiny wiggles eventually create a full move. It doesn't matter to most rocks how quickly the move occurs; time is a different matter to stone. By the time this particular stone reached the place where I found it, there was not more than a handful of the original boulder left; having been worn down from the river. I knew the slightly triangle shaped rock was more of a storyteller than most other stones, so decided upon the Native Peruvian storyteller woman as a motif. There is a strong connection to the heartbeat of the Earth inside her. Someone is in need of the gifts this stone has to offer ... is it you?
Other Storyteller Spiritkeepers Stones by Tree

* Kokopelli Dancing Spiritkeepers Stone #skko07

Patron of music, dance, creativity, storytelling, and abundance. Kokopelli compares somewhat to the Lakota Heyoka medicine person, or Sacred Clown, in that through entertainment and shock the people are distracted into learning lessons to take right action.
~ Other Storyteller links ~

*Tim Sheppard’s Storytelling Resources for Storytellers http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/index.html
*A traditional tale from Peru, "The Fox and the Mole," from Latin American Tales, by Genevieve Barlow http://www.globaled.org/globalLiteracy/handouts/glHandout23A.html

All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.