Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hand painted rock. Red Cardinal

Hand painted rock. Red cardinal

The very first book on rockpainting I saw many years ago in Germany. It wasn't like Lin Welford books. It was full of little birds, very cute and touching. I remembered that book when was painting this red cardinal - one of the symbols of the festive season.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My daughter's Monkey painted rock

Hand painted rock. Monkey
My daughter has a thing for monkeys. Jane Goodall is her hero. One day she brought me a stone from the backyard and told me to paint a monkey for her. I obeyed:)
So this is her Monkey stone. It's round and heavy, nevertheless sometimes she takes the stone to school with her.

Hand painted rock. Monkey
You see it's not any particular breed of monkeys, it's just a cute little friend.

Hand painted rock. Monkey
The Monkey stone is painted all around though usually I leave the back side unpainted for the customer to see original color and surface of the rock. But this isn't just a collector's item, she wanted to play with it.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tree of Life necklace

Instructions for this beautiful pendant long waited in my bookmarks. I just didn't want to make a circle wire base myself. Fortunately on the last visit to Micheal's I found a pack of big silver colored rings. Bingo!

Tree of Life necklace

This was a present for my daughter for New Year Eve. She doesn't like beads and rarely wears my beaded necklaces. But this one I knew she would sure like.

Tree of Life necklace

I had not enough coral chips so I had to add some seed beads of the same color between chips. Nobody noticed:)

Instructions can be found here: Beadstudio. Very easy to follow and bound to be successful!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Corgi stone

Hand painted rock. Corgi.
I painted corgi stones twice. It's always difficult to paint an animal with big ears,while those with round head and small ears are very suitable for painting on the rocks. But I think this one turned out beautifully. It was intended to be a gift and customer asked me to convey happiness and joy in the dog's face.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Proud cat and its hand painted rock portrait

Hand painted rock. Cat's portrait with the original

One more of my December orders. Portrait of a gorgeous cat from Canada. The customer wanted it as a gift so the stone came with a pillow and a cute Japanese little basket.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas tree

We still have it:)
Behind the tree you can see a part of my children books collection. The girl in red is not a picture, it's a beautiful book of princesses with illustrations by Rebecca Dautremer, extremely talented french illustrator. Above the book there is my watercolor poppies picture. Beneath it you can see my painted cat stone and mysterious metal box. It was a gift from my friend from Belgium and she also didn't know what it is for. Her husband bought it some time ago from some antiques dealer in Scotland. The dealer didn't know its purpose and even how long he had been in possession of this box.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Close-up of the toy spaniels stone

There are a lot of curly ears but I didn't have troubles with this rock. Sometimes something makes work on a pet rock unusually hard, you know the feeling - you are painting and repainting and it's not there. This one was a pleasure. These big-eyed dogs are so funny and cute. They are English Toy Spaniels or Charlies. The black and tan on the right is a King Charles variety and the Tri on the left is a Prince Charles variety.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hand painted rock

Portrait on the stone of English Toy Spaniels Carly and Bentley. They are adorable little dogs and I'm pleased with the likeness I achieved. Their owners are happy. So am I. They sent me this picture of the painted rock and originals.