I love stones – any shape, any size, love them all. From my point of view, sadly, it is illegal to take stones away from beaches, but that doesn’t stop me walking along Barton on Sea, picking them up, turning them over, speaking to them (yes worrying I know!!), and feeling that wonderful connection with nature, before placing them back where they belong, to be shaped and shifted over years and years, by the fingers of the waves that come and go at their own pace, sometimes wild and exciting, sometimes soft and calming, but always there.
Nowadays I buy stones from garden centres for my art. They tend to be a bit more uniform in shape than I like, but they still all have their own personality and features. I like to hold them, to feel what they are saying to me, and then add my own interpretation with paint. I often get commissions for pet portraits, and I love doing these – searching through to find just the right stone for just the right dog or cat.
I have posted a before and after of a stone a painted for a cat lover’s garden. This stone is not done in a realistic style, but I like the simplicity of it. It is big and bold, and protected with high quality yacht varnish so it will stay looking good whatever our British weather throws at it.
I hope you like it.