Haematite / Hematite:

According to Collins English Dictionary:

“a red, grey, or black mineral, found as massive beds and in veins and igneous rocks. It is the chief source of iron. Composition: iron (ferric) oxide. Formula: Fe2O3. Crystal structure: hexagonal”

The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood αἷμα haima because hematite can be red, as in rouge, a powdered form of hematite. The color of hematite lends itself to use as a pigment. The English name of the stone is derived from Middle French: Hématite Pierre, which was imported from Latin: Lapis Hæmatites, which originated from Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos, “blood-red stone”).
…The red chalk writing of this mineral was one of the earliest in the history of humans.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Hematite

Haematite ©marina kanavaki

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Haematite det1 ©Marina Kanavaki


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Haematite det2 ©Marina Kanavaki


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Haematite det3 ©Marina Kanavaki


Technique: Digital Painting

Original painting by Marina Kanavaki © 2015


Haematite is available as a print  / framed or on canvas at Imagekind:

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…one day after a Summer Solstice. Days will grow shorter.
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  1. Why am I– your biggest fan– always the last to show up here?? It’s because your work always sends me into a swoon, and it takes me weeks of intense mental preparation to ready myself for what the Ancients used to call an Ecstatic Experience. Yup, that’s why… : )

    A: Red, Gray & Black

    Q: What was the color of my first car, what’s the current color of my mustache, and what’s the former color of my mustache?

    See, that’s another thing: your work is so colorfully vibrant, it tends to suck the color out of the viewer, namely me. No wonder my face is becoming so deathly pale…

    My dear Marina–!

    Haematite takes me back to my school days, when I studied rocks and minerals in Earth Science class. I’m sorry now that I usually had a comic book hidden in my textbook, because I don’t remember any mineral being as wildly colorful as your painting!! It is, in short, a feast for my rapt and bulging peepers, and another triumph for the world’s preeminent Painting Goddess!!

    Several commenters have mentioned Greece’s economic crisis. I think of you whenever I hear news reports about it. I fear some sad lessons are being learned, and I’m sorry to think you are affected. Am I worried? No. Because you exist (well, mostly) on a higher plane, whose values are unchanging, and immune from human folly.

    And now the world begins to spin. I feel a swoon coming on. I must recline and eat some grapes, while thinking deep and beautiful thoughts… : )

    • My dear Mark, I hope you are still enjoying grapes while creating those ingenious images!
      I must admit, I also had a comic book hidden under my school books!
      I am blushing at the thought that I have been a source of earth science information but even more so for having pleased an exacting person like you!
      About the financial crisis, I am glad you are not worried, my friend. Us artists always have a safe haven! 😉
      PS1: You do know of course that I am also your biggest fan!
      PS2: I apologize for taking so long to respond. I’ve been away / still am actually, and my connection is very slow. Well, also because I’ve been busy catching up puffy clouds after reading your comment!
      PS3: Last comes first!

  2. Have you ever made your own pigments/oil paints. I think you’d enjoy/appreciate that. Very organic grinding, stirring, mixing. It all carries over into the art in more ways than just color.
    You create lovely pieces

    • Thank you so much!
      I have done a few paintings with pigments I made out of various ingredients and it was fun! Also I was forced to at times when I was unprepared and needed to sketch something, so I have used coffee – tea- leaves or whatever came handy! 😉

      • Some natural ingredients/plant based colors las longer than other. You have to experiment and maybe keep a journal record of what was used, how it went on/felt/ worked, how the color changed/lasted over time. Oil paints actually can take years to “cure” and get to a final state. – paintings change with age.
        It is really fascinating. Artists have always been scientists (as well as historians and social commentators.)
        Glad you’ve the fun of experimenting. Tea does make such a lovely stain/glaze.

  3. Brilliant painting dear Marina. Yes I now understand why the red in it is having such a strong impact. My thoughts and wishes are with the people of your lovely country and hoping for an early solution.
    Kindest regards.

  4. So great to see your blog again my friend and what a powerful piece you’ve created. There is an intensity of design driven by life that winds and seeps through the harsh lines as they run through the piece, to the softer and lighter curvier lines that speak to the gentleness needed to calm the painting, to the very dynamic shapes found within. Total drama is the blood red of life – this is a fabulous composition, love the piece my friend. My heart bleeds for your beautiful Greece, for you and the people – these are truly the most difficult times. Keeping you in my thoughts ~

    • Ah, Mary, my dear friend, what an overwhelming ‘analysis’ of ‘Haematite’!
      “Total drama is the blood red of life”… indeed. Thank you from my heart for such a beautiful comment and your thoughts for our current situation over here. Remember though, it’s all about money. One way or another we’ll survive. It’s the lack of values which bothers me more and not just in my country. All the best, my kind friend and …WELCOME BACK!

  5. Hematite, the color of passion, joy, like pain.
    Hematite is the color of our hearts and our feelings.
    Hematite is the color of your last work that offers the strength of a story that leaves the brush, as always, the impression of a warm thought, through your beautiful and skilful hand.
    I read in your painting, immediately, the power and the strength of feeling, as the cloud that hides its depth and consistency.

    Best wishes to you, sweet Marina.
    I’ll leave you a sincere thought, with great affection for the hours that your beautiful land, the beloved Greece, is going through in these moments sadness.
    When the people are suffering and lives a bitter meal of daily pain; when their dignity is trampled by the shameless usury of money; when in the eye of an elder, says the terror and resignation of an uncertain future, then and only then the people shooting, appropriating, his dignity, the future and dreams!


    I love you

    fm Italy

    • My dear sweet friend,
      you always brighten up my pages with your words,
      with your overwhelming kindness and beauty of heart.
      Humbled and very very grateful.
      Thank you, my dear Ninni and thank you for your thoughts for my country.
      Indeed we are living in hard times…
      Sending you my warmest wishes for the week ahead and love. 🙂

  6. congrats, dear Marina, you have realized a good concept: to introduce that a nation, a language, has a very long creative history: ” αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos, “blood-red stone”).
    …The red chalk writing of this mineral was one of the earliest in the history of humans…”

  7. Dear Marina, today I came to you with a question. Since you are a technical specialist and you know well this world… do you know how to make an youtube book-trailer?
    I’m guessing you need a lot of capabilities 😦 but I would like to give it a try. I have seen lovely book-trailers but I don’t know where to start…
    Maybe you can give me some suggestions (or at least which program to use…)
    Love :-)c

    • My dear Claudine hi! I use iMovie for my clips / videos. If you want I can help you with it [would be my pleasure]
      e-mail me for more info.
      Hugs and love to you! 🙂 xxxx

  8. Grey, Black, and Red…did such minerals down depths of the earth give rise to colours in flora and fauna? Probably yes, and by further extension in to cosmetic formulations to beautify feminine lips and cheeks, and vibrant colours on painters’ palettes to enliven canvasses…very well presented, marina…

  9. Hi Marina, carnival of colors and blissful celebration .Unique design ,l can see so many images in between the colors..Best wishes.Jalal

  10. This is amazing!!! I’m happy you are back from your blog rest!
    You are one of my favorite gals, & one of the best artists!!! _Resa xo

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