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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 07:56    Post subject: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

I was encouraged to share some paintings of minerals that I have done in the past (and present!) My primary medium of choice is watercolor, specifically using dry brush techniques, but I will occasionally experiment with oil paints, and other mediums. Some of these paintings are of specimens in my own collection; others are commission works for clients. Enjoy!


Emerald Painting 2.jpg
 Description:
Beryl var. Emerald — Tama Higuchi collection
8 x 8 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted in 2021.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 07:59    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

This was a relatively recent painting from this year of a specimen which I believe is/was in Martin Gruell's collection. Painting is now in a private collection.


elbaite rubaya.jpg
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Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
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Elbaite — Private Collection
9 x 12 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted in 2022
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 08:03    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

This painting was commissioned by Gail Spann as a gift for Jim in late 2020. One of the the most difficult paintings I've done!


wulfenite mimetite painting.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite, Mimetite
 Locality:
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Municipio Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
Wulfenite and Mimetite — Collection of the Spanns
13 x 10 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted December 2020
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 08:20    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Hi Tama,

This is sure to be a favorite posting for me and many others. Your art is a joy to behold and I am in awe of your abilities. Thank you so very much for sharing!!!

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 08:22    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Wow

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This painting was commissioned by Gail Spann as a gift for Jim in late 2020. One of the the most difficult paintings I've done!
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 08:54    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

These paintings are simply great, wonderful pieces of art! I hope we will see a lot more :-)

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2022 10:49    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Yes, Tama, I would like to see more of your art. Gail and Jim selected a nice specimen and location for you to paint, which is near to my heart--the San Francisco Mine. I spent a lot of time there and it will remain my favorite locality. Your eye captured the essence of the signature minerals from there--wulfenite and mimetite. Well done, and thank you.
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PostPosted: Aug 12, 2022 20:48    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Thanks all for the kind remarks! Sharing a few more for the weekend. I haven't done much painting lately since I have been focusing on portraiture practice, but I'd like to go back to these soon.

These three were all done for the Wilensky Gallery in 2020. Intense work!



rhodochrosite SHM 2 painting.jpg
 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Sweet Home Mine, main stope, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA
 Description:
Rhodochrosite on Sulfides
9 x 12 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted 2020
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silver wire painting.jpg
 Mineral: Silver
 Locality:
Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
 Description:
Native Silver Wire
8 x 12 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted 2020
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emerald calcite painting.jpg
 Mineral: Emerald on Dolomite
 Locality:
Boyacá Department, Colombia
 Description:
Emerald in Calcite
8 x 10 inches
Watercolor on paper
Painted 2020
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2022 11:19    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Those are all knock-out water colors! Your eye really captures the correct colors of the minerals as well as the perspective without what I would call distortion. Thank you for sharing these.
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2022 14:27    Post subject: Re: Tama's Mineral Paintings  

Your paintings are truly lovely. Your parents must be so proud.

I hope the contacts you make on FMF will help your business grow – I suspect you already have many orders. It is so difficult these days for young graduates. We know of fine young engineering graduates who are working in department stores because professional work is so difficult to come by.
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