Donate now to keep alive!Help|Log In|Register|
Home PageMindat NewsThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusManagement TeamContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatSponsor a PageSponsored PagesTop Available PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on Mindat
What is a mineral?The most common minerals on earthMineral PhotographyThe Elements and their MineralsGeological TimeMineral Evolution
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryAdvanced Locality SearchRandom MineralRandom LocalitySearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
StatisticsThe ElementsMember ListBooks & MagazinesMineral MuseumsMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Airbrush Utah topaz

Posted by Pierre Rondelez  
Pierre Rondelez December 19, 2010 02:05PM
OK Harjo,
here it comes:
my Thomas Range Utah Topaz airbrush.

I must admit: after a photo in a Mineralogical record from a long time ago, forgot to write down the author of the photo and the owner of the specimen.
To both: sorry for not giving yoy the credit you deserve, if anybody recognizes the photo, please mention both the names.......
Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous airbrush, it is a great boost!
Hope you enjoy this one (one of my favourites),

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/24/2011 04:28AM by Rock Currier.
open | download - TOPAZ UTAH.jpg (77.6 KB)
Byron Thomas December 19, 2010 04:54PM

great airbrush photo.

Dana Slaughter December 19, 2010 05:17PM
Absolutely incredible! You somehow managed to capture the luster perfectly. Thanks for sharing your awesome works!

Mark Gottlieb December 19, 2010 05:26PM
Ryan L. Bowling December 19, 2010 08:25PM

Really nice painting.

I know this piece very well, as I found it in 1993. I found it Memorial Day, 1993. It came from about a two foot pocket, which was one of the best pockets I have ever collected. All and all, the pocket had ten really fine specimens, and then another 20 or so crystals. This is one of the finest topaz ever collected in Utah.

At the time, the piece we named the Cockscomb, and it is pictured in John Holfert's book on the Thomas Range. He later called it the airplane topaz.

The sad story to this piece is that it was stolen, while Steve Allred was setting up a display of topaz we mined to show everyone. A sad, but very true story.

I would love to know if anyone ever sees this piece, we would really like to get it back someday, so everyone can properly see it.

Best Regards,

Harjo Neutkens December 19, 2010 11:14PM
Thanks Pjero, absolutely fab!
Ryan, what a sad story! I truly hope the specimen will show up some day soon!
Robert Rothenberg December 20, 2010 01:42AM
Byron said it all.

Stephanie Martin December 20, 2010 02:14AM
A remarkable likeness! My husband uses an airbrush to paint models, never thought to use it to paint mineral portraits.

Great technique!

stephanie :)
Colleen Thomson December 20, 2010 02:19AM
Excellent airbrushing technique! wonderful specimen -
thanks for sharing both ( and the specimen's provenance, Ryan!) :)

cheers, Colleen
Pierre Rondelez December 20, 2010 08:29AM

Thanks indeed for the specimen's background but what a tragic ending...
To all, thanks for the positive comments....
To Stephanie: your husband should have a never know and I would love to see other air-brusher's results on mineral painting.
To Byron: not an airbrush photo but an airbrush painting (acrylic on board)..


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/20/2010 08:32AM by pierre rondelez.
Uwe Kolitsch December 20, 2010 05:31PM
Absolutely great!
Steve Sorrell December 21, 2010 08:29AM
Excellent Pierre
Rowan Lytle July 23, 2011 08:03PM
absolutely amazing!
Jim Bean July 24, 2011 04:02AM
Superb rendering Pierre, and Ryan I hope this one comes back to you.
John Stolz July 24, 2011 03:35PM
Totally surreal. Excellent job!
Matthew Kimball August 02, 2011 04:18PM
Awesome Painting!>:D<>:D<>:D<>:D<>:D< Looks Amazing!

John Sobolewski August 02, 2011 08:03PM
Fantastic!!! Jaw dropping. So good it looks like a photo. John S.
Bart Cannon August 02, 2011 09:32PM

This is a superb painting. I collect mineral art of all types, and once tried my hand at airbrush renderings of minerals.

Have you considered selling prints ? I would buy one.

I presume the original was gouache and pencil.

Iwata or Paasche ? Or some other airbrush ?

Anonymous User February 26, 2012 12:13AM
Hello Pierre,
Some years ago i wrote an article on you for Rocks & Minerals magazine. I am trying to contact you regarding a second article I would like to ask you to participate in with one of your paintings. I can be contacted at: I look forward to hearing from you,
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login

Mineral and/or Locality is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Copyright © and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2018, except where stated. relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: January 22, 2018 02:32:09
Go to top of page