Granite Painting by Benjamin Adelmann

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Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

This is a watercolor painting within a series created by the artist called Giologica.

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This painting comes in a handmade frame made by the artist.

Painted site-size, from the specimen itself.
A pristine piece of Granite of the granodiorite variety, very similar to that found in Yosemite. This kind of granite has a salt and pepper appearance due to a very even distribution of black biotite mica and hornblende. This kind of granite is among the most ancient. This piece has a good amount of glittering muscovite as well, seen catching the light a bit. Though common, granodiorite stands out because of its display of immaculate, highly contrasted tones.

Watercolor on 300lbs Arches cotton paper.

This series is a dedication to my love of geology and the attentive study of intricate natural specimens. All rocks and minerals exhibit strong individualistic qualities and are an echo of vast distances in time.. although common specimens are usually overlooked. When painting this kind of subject matter, attention is brought to these unassuming objects in a unique way. This series acts to reintroduce the wonder found in the mundane, to focus interest in a natural motif that is often missed.

Additionally, this series is a practice in developing my ability to paint in-between the non-objective and that of realistic depiction- an approach that begins in pure abstraction and builds into the uncanny, without focusing conscious reference to reality. Through creating this work, I'm aligning my hand in the production of shape, light, and shadow in various exotic materials- These studies as a whole will inform my mark making and develop a "realistic" language in this way, within future abstract work.





Benjamin Adelmann

United States


Size: 7.8 W x 11.2 H x 0.1 in

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