I was given this agate specimen as a gift over 30 years ago from an old rockhound I had befriended. I have no idea where it came from. I have enjoyed looking at the intricate patterns every now and then over the years. Now that I have collected, cut, looked at, many agate specimens, I find this piece stands out from the crowd.
I had been painting with the “pointillist” technique for a couple of years when I had the idea that I could use that technique to paint this stone. I had already experimented at painting agates using an abstract technique. This would be different.
This is the completed painting. Two months of tiny dots. I actually combined parts from both sides of the Agate for compositional purposes. I used a magnifying glass to study the stone. The intricacies of the agate became so pronounced once magnified. It was quite a challenge.
I’ve included this close up detail shot to give an appreciation for the pointillist technique.
A friend of mine suggested I should display the painting with the stone. This is what I came up with. I turn the stone around every now and then when I walk past it.
I will continue to do pointillist paintings, but I do not think I will ever paint another agate with this technique. Thus it is a pretty unique piece of art. God’s art and man’s art.