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M-J's Miscellany

Elegant Image by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Elegant Still Life Photography by Fine Artist M-J de Mesterton

Healing Power of Stones

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Pierres Précieuses (precious stones) by M-J de Mesterton ©2013,

Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" 

Available at Art Gallery Las Vegas

Amber gemstone is believed to prevent memory-loss, and to help purify the body. Amber also alleviates headaches, bone and heart problems. Amber is known for its stress-relieving and calming properties.

Amethyst gemstone reduces insomnia, arthritis, aids in pain relief, and ameliorates circulatory deficiencies. Amethyst is considered to be the gemstone that promotes meditation, personal peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.

Aquamarine gemstone promotes health in the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known to help relieve fear, calm nerves, and enhance mental clarity.

Citrine gemstone is worn to increase the hearing sense. Citrine also promotes personal success, abundance, and clear thinking.

Garnet gemstone improves the function of the circulatory system, heart, and lungs. Garnet is known to promote feelings of love and romantic intimacy.

Jade is known traditionally in China as "Stone of Heaven". Jade promotes closeness to the spiritual world, encourages creativity, and being near it helps us to remember and interpret our dreams. It is prized as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death to its wearer as a powerful healing stone. Jade promotes health of the kidneys and enhances the function of other organs when worn as an amulet. Jade is believed to aid in the acquisition of friendship and luck by repelling negative energy.

Lapis Lazuli gemstone is believed to help alleviate insomnia and depression. Lapis lazuli is also known for promoting creativity, openness, and truthfulness.

Onyx gemstone is associated with the root chakra, thus it brings spiritual inspiration, and supports control over emotions.

Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer, and to possess calming properties.

Peridot gemstone heals stress in relationships, mitigates anger and jealousy, and slows aging. The fresh, green peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.

Ruby gemstones soothe and enhance the emotions. Rubies are also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.

Sapphire is the gemstone of creative expression, inner peace and meditation. The sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.

Topaz gemstone is one of the earth's most powerful rocks. Topaz promotes the balancing of emotions, and provides protection from the greed of others.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Jade, Stone of Heaven by M-J de Mesterton ©2009, Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" 

Available at  Art Gallery Las Vegas

1886 House in Orange, CA

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Jocasta Innes, 1934--2013

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Jocasta Innes, cookery and interior design writer: born at Nanjing, China 21 May 1934; married 1960 Richard Goodwin (divorced 1967; one daughter), one son (by John Michell, adopted by Goodwin), 1967 Joe Potts (divorced 1979; two daughters), partner to Sir Richard MacCormac; died in London 20 April 2013. Obituary in The Independent******************************************************************************************************* Obituary for Authoress Jocasta Innes in the Telegraph U.K. Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Elegant Painting

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The Mulholland Suite

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM


Our Favourite Luggage-Maker Presents: the Mulholland Suite at the Huntington Hotel, San Francisco 

With the unveiling of this special suite, Mulholland observes an anniversary in 2008: “Celebrating 20 years of the good life.” The Mulholland Suite represents the collaboration of two iconic, family-owned San Francisco brands: The Huntington Hotel and Mulholland. Both are boutique brands characterized by high quality, quiet luxury, understated elegance and personalized service to clients. Mulholland products enjoy cult status.

Below: M-J with Mulholland Safari Bags


Make a Wreath

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Elegant Auguste Renoir Roses

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM
A trio of Auguste Renoir roses from my garden sit in green glass vases on the kitchen windowsill. (When does a Jalapeño Tabasco bottle become a vase? When it has an elegant rose in it.) ©M-J de Mesterton 

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM
The Swing, by Innovative Rococo Painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard
of the French Enlightenment Period
Circa 1767

M-J's Rock and Gem Painting Tops Google Results

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 6:18 PM

In a search for color paintings on Google...M-J de Mesterton's big rock-and-gem painting, "Color-Field" topped the list today, and showed up as a large photo on the web results page.

Rustic but Elegant Decorating

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Bright Colors Enhance a White Room

Colors in the general space reflect those in the artwork.

Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton

 The Poster Commemorates Native American Artist T.C. Cannon