Underneath (2014)
Oil painting by Tesa Michaels


  • Oil painting, Panel / Board / MDF
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  • Size: 60 × 36 × 2.5 in (unframed)
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Tesa Michaels

United States

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Oil on Panel
Mixed Media
Semi-Precious Stones
2.5 Museum Panel
ORIGINAL – this is the original; no reproductions will be make of this painting
Ready to hang, no frame required.

This painting is such a large, breathtaking painting in person. This to date is the most semi precious stones that I have used in one painting so far…(stay tuned) but the amount of Red Coral, fresh water pearls, and shell that was used was at least 40 16 inch strands of beads plus other loose stones I had.

This painting weighs a good 45 lbs by the time I got it completed due to the amount of stones used.

It took me days just to add the stones on the panel, I had so much fun, was alot of work and I truly think it payed off in the end.

I have been collecting this amount of semi precious stones and especially the coral for over a year. Getting the largest pieces of coral for this painting I could find.
I was inspired by many things;

1. The beautiful Red Coral; I have always been so intrigued by it, the bold, deep red color and the variety of unique shapes and sticks of the individual coral pieces. Let alone having so much of it and how amazing it looked put together in one large grouping made it so bold and grand to me.

2. Being in San Diego and my love for the sea and being so intrigued with “what lies beneath” which is so different than what we see by just looking out over the ocean from the shore. I wanted to do a painting that showcased the stones which are what is found underneath the in the ocean.

3. The deep colors of the Pacific Ocean; The actual colors of the Red Coral and wanting to complement that bold, deep red with the deep blue of the pacific here in San Diego that we have. I love the deep, rich colors that we see here and wanted to do a piece that was indicative to the pacific ocean.

Stones used:

Coral: Provides protection. Calms emotions. Helps with asthma and digestive problems. Guards against violence, accidents and theft. Associated with the element of water. Brings peace within the self. Facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. Sign of Pisces.
Used for this painting: Red Coral; In the upper right is natural red coral while the rest of the coral is enhanced or died coral. The gold stick like pieces on the left of the painting are coral as well.

Pearl: Promotes sincerity, truth, loyalty, charity. Enhances integrity. Soothes, calms. Helps with purity, honestly, feminine wisdom. Spiritual Transformation. Good for helping you focus while meditating.. Allows us to see the way we appear to others. Sign of Cancer & Gemini.
Used for this painting: The bottom gold pieces are fresh water pearls.

Shell: The pieces that are black and grey tones at the bottom right are shell that have been cut and polished.

This painting is apart of my "Elements Series"

Elements Series; incorporating semi-precious stone and unique pieces of the earth in a creative way.

This painting is part of my mixed media “ELEMENTS” Series where I want to bring in elements on the earth into my art. I love nature, I love finding things that have been created by nature such as semi precious stones and other items from the earth.
I love working with and showcasing the unique beauty that you find in each semi precious stone. I work with mostly Grade A and B semi precious stones; sometimes I use the same stones that are in rough form before they are faceted that you see in a fine piece of jewelry.

Most of the stones I use have been gathered for a year in order to incorporate together into my art. I get them from all around the world from various locations and venders.
Each semi precious stone also has individual properties that generate energetically from the stones. This is by wearing the stone, touching the stones and by having them in a room in your home.

I encourage people to touch the stones on the art to resonate with the properties. I have included some of the properties of the stones in the description so you will be aware of their specific properties; some are healing, energizing, loving, calming, resonate with different chakras, and evoke emotions.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I love creating them.

This painting is shipped as freight due to the large size, weight of 50 lbs (average weight of large works), and complexity of the painting. Great measures are taken in order to pack the painting to the best we can to ensure the semi precious stones used in each painting are safe during shipping.
We use either a strong and durable cardboard box or wooden crate for each painting depending on the piece which will be reflected on the price of the shipping.
Insurance is included in the cost of the shipping.
Due to the weight and size, at times the painting will also be placed on a crate in order to further protect the painting which will increase the shipping price.
The freight company will then work with you in order to schedule a time for it to be delivered. You will need to be present to receive the painting when it is unloaded. The cost of shipping can decrease if delivered to a business address or can be picked up from their warehouse location when applicable.
All shipping for large work in the “Elements Series” is priced at $700. 00. This is an average cost when shipped in the United States from San Diego, CA.
Shipping cost can rise if shipped to Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii. Please contact Tesa for a shipping quote.
Please contact Tesa for an exact shipping quote to your location.
If the shipping is less than the original $700 quoted than you will be charged less and accordingly, no money is made off shipping. Shipping cost will decrease the closer to San Diego, CA where the paintings are shipped.
International Shipping
We are happy to ship internationally to you. Please contact Tesa for a shipping quote.
We do everything we can to keep the costs at a minimal due to the size and weight of these paintings. Thank you for your understanding.

Materials used:

Semi Precious Stones; Red Coral, Apple Coral, Shell, Fresh Water Pearls

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