I have just returned from the northern Sahara where I was on a camel trek with the Berber people. We were in an area rich in fossils and could easily find crystals at our feet. I found quartz, amethyst and vanadinite. I was very pleased with the vanadinite because it is quite uncommon; this stone gives one the endurance, persistence, power and will to see big projects through to completion. It stimulates one’s creativity and provides stamina and grounding for one’s intuitive work. Vanadinite, being a direct link to Earth energies, increases one’s sensitivity to elemental forces. I will use these, as well as the desert sand, in my new series of paintings which have been inspired by this trip.