Mary Hysong was born and raised in Miami, Arizona. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.
Why Paint On Stone?
With a click of a button I can order any painting surface I want to work with, so why paint on stone? In many areas of the world rocks and stones are plentiful and easy to pick up along a river or stream bank or from your own back yard. They usually require no cash outlay making it easy for those on a budget to have a unique surface to paint on. No two rocks are ever identical, which is part of the fun.
Stone was perhaps the first surface man painted, decorating his caves and sacred sites back in the stone age. Today Rock Art is an emerging art form with many talented artists getting in on the fun. Painting on a stone is to paint a 3-D image on a 3D-object, giving a sculptural feel to your work, without the bother of learning to create a sculpture from scratch.
Pet portraits and memorial stones are becoming more and more popular, especially as more people opt out of having children and just have pets instead. Stones painted with acrylic paint and sealed against the weather become unique pieces of garden art. Stones are a forgiving surface, make a mistake, just paint over it. This makes stone painting a no stress surface for beginning artists.
Most Animals Are Not As Hard As They Look!
How I got started Painting on Stone
One day at the library I saw a book about painting animals on rocks by Lin Wellford. Her three dimensional paintings intrigued me and I couldn't wait to get started. I followed her simple step by step instructions and was on my way. Those first rocks looked a little amateurish, but as they say, practice makes perfect.
Today I create some very lifelike animal art on stone and sell them through a local shop as well as online. Along the way I have learned many things about painting in general, painting with acrylic paints, creating 3-D paintings and how to paint life like animals. I will share some of these discoveries in future articles. Also along the way I have 'met' other rock artists and learned even more. Here I will highlight some of those artists as well as some resources so you can get started on your own adventure in Rock Art.
Lin Wellford, Arkansas, United States
Lin Wellford is perhaps the most well know rock artist in the United States. Lin is the author of several books on rock painting, from super simple designs suitable for young children to some very lifelike animals. Her instructions are easy to follow and understand with great color photographs to help you along. In addition to the book projects Lin includes photographs of many other related animals to inspire you. Lin's book "Painting Animals on Rocks" was the first one I discovered. I've happily worked my way through most of the rest of her books. No matter how long I paint I always find some new tip that helps me out in a new book.
Links for Lin Wellford
Lin's website and the rock painting group at Yahoo!
- Lin Wellford's Stone Menagerie Home page
Stone Menagerie is Lin's stone painting business. From this page you can see her books and even order an autographed copy. You can also order your own pet portrait from Lin.
- Yahoo! rock painting group
This is the original rock painting group at Yahoo! news groups. I encourage you to join, we have a lot of fun, cheer each other on, give advice, critique if asked and generally just have a good time. I love to go look at all the new photos of what ev
Rock Painting books on Amazon
You can find Lin Wellford's book at Amazon. For Suzi Chua's e-books, please visit her website directly.
Just a few of the dogs I've painted this year. My goal for 2011 is to paint as many of the usual or most popular breeds as I can.
Suzi Chua Rocks Malaysia
Suzi Chua's wonderful stone food!
Late one night through a random Google search I happened across the website of Suzi Chua. Suzi is a self taught artist working with pastel on paper and acrylic paint on stone. Over the years she has literally painted hundreds, if not thousands of stones, ranging from domestic pets to exotic wild animals. Suzi has a kind and giving heart and freely offers help and advice through the Stone Painting forums accessible on her website as well as the Lin Wellford Original Rock Painting group on Yahoo! newsgroups.
Suzi has now published several e-books about rock painting. Working through the projects Suzi provides in her e-books, from very simple to quite elaborate will give any beginning artist a great foundation in this art form. She has painted and published so many photographs of her works over the years that she had to move her older photographs to a separate website.
Links for Suzi Chua
Suzi has several websites where you may view her work, order an e-book or ask advice for painting problems.
- Suzi Chua's main website
This is Suzi's main site, showing her pastel pet portraits, her stone paintings and her e-books. In addition Suzi maintains a forum for rock artists through this site.
- Suzi's gallery link
This link is a photo gallery of Suzi Chua's artwork.
- Suzi's Canvas of Stone gallery
This is another photo gallery of Suzi's work. In 43 photo albums there are hundreds of pictures of her stone art.
Lisa Carter, USA
Lisa Carter's specialty is miniature rock paintings, whole cats, dogs and other animals set on stones that are sometimes less than the size of a quarter. Lisa collaborated with Suzi Chua and Flora Tan on Suzi's latest e-book "Lets Get Catty".
Links for Lisa Carter
- Lisa Cater's Home Page
Lisa Carter's Home Page. From here you can view Lisa's artwork as well as a link to her e-bay auction site.
Flora Tan, Borneo Rocks, Malaysia
Flora Tan is another Malaysian rock artist. She collaborated with Suzi Chua and Lisa Carter on Suzi's latest e-book, "Let's Get Catty". Flora, like most rock artists takes pet portrait commissions, as well as painting other animals, like the unique ones native to Malaysia. Many of Flora's animals sport bandanas or ribbons with messages on them, a nice way to say "I love You".
Links for Flora Tan
- Flora Tan's home page
This is Flora Tan's website where you can view some of her work and find links to her in other places around the Web.
- Flora Tan's Etsy shop
This is Flora Tan's Etsy shop, one of the places she sells her Rock Art.
This leopard rock was quite large, about 12x12 inches and about 16-18 inches long. I almost couldn't lift him.
Painted Rocks on E-bay
I've discovered there are many artists that paint on stone and sell their creations on ebay. If this sections displays a message that there aren't any auctions for hand painted rocks right now, it just means they've sold and you'll have to come back later!
Unusual Stone Shapes Give You a Chance to Make Really Unique Peices!
More Rock Artists Around the World
There are many excellent Rock Artists around the world, transforming ordinary stone into extraordinary art. I can't always read their websites if they are in a foreign language, but I always enjoy the pictures, I hope you will too.
- Shebbo Design
Shebbo Design, Etsy Shop
- Shebbo Design home page
Shebbo Design, paints on stone, fabric and ceramic, Istanbul, Turkey
- Vicki Veldman home page
Vicki Veldman, aka Pebblepuss. Paints on rocks and leaves as well as other surfaces.
- Elvira Garcia, home page
Elvira Garcia, Mexico
- Patsy Waters, home page
Patsy moderates the rock painting forums on Suzi Chua's website and is a member of the Yahoo! rock painting group.
- Paolo's home page
It's in Italian and even with the English translation I haven't figured out exactly the artist's name, but fabulous work! Â· San Benedetto, Liguria, Italy
- Ernestina Gallina, english translation
Ernestina Gallina, Italy, This link should take you to the English translation of her website. Beautiful work, Ernestina is also producing e-books and videos.
- Art Designs by Naomi
Naomi is also a talented artist in Washington state. I especially love her horse portraits.
Not all Rock Art is serious. Some of mine is down right silly, like my 6 toed giant foot. It all depends on what the rock says to me....
Squidoo Angels are super nice people that volunteer to read and 'bless' lenses. A blessing is like a super duper giant LIKE and gives the lens a little bit of a boost in lens rank. They also share those lenses with a lot of other people so more people discover you. This lens has been wonderfully blessed and I am honored that you all thought it was good enough!
These lovely Angels have blessed this lens, thank you! I very much appreciate your help and support!
Lady bugs are an easy beginner's project and as you can see they have lots of personality. I've just finished up a free tutorial!, How to Paint Ladybug Rocks.
Lens of the Day
This Lens was Lens of the Day on June 16, 2011. This is a very high honor to me, I had only been a member of Squidoo for 26 days and this was my very first lens that I published. I'd like to thank everyone who gave me helpful hints, read, liked and shared my lens. The Squidoo community is wonderful and I'm proud to be a part of it.
Squiddo art provided courtesy of Steve Thompson / tagsforkids, see more on his squidoo art page
THE PURPLE STAR
Perhaps because it's been showered with so much Angel dust, this lens was awarded a Purple Star. They don't give out a lot of these in a year, compared to the number of lenses written each year, so this is really and truly a special award to me. Thank you one and all who have had a hand in making my first lens such a success.
This is my very first Squidoo lens and I would love to have your feedback about this page. What do you love, what do you hate, what should I do differently? And if you are a rock artist or know of one, please add their website url to your comments! I love to visit other artists and see their work!
Please sign the Guestbook and give me some feedback!
Yosemite LM on January 24, 2014:
I do enjoy your work...
ScentsWithBling on August 03, 2013:
Beautiful work! This is something I am very interested in learning! Thanks for sharing
Colin323 on July 12, 2013:
Very creative work; inspirational, too.
Snakesmum on June 23, 2013:
As a cat person, got to admit to loving the cat paintings! ;-)
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on January 20, 2013:
These are so unique and colorful. Great lens.
anonymous on December 18, 2012:
First of all amazing gob!I paint stones too,10 years now.Well I know it's not really good and needs still work to be done, but still I'd appreciate it if you just take a look at my blog: marinapainting.blogspot.gr/
dellgirl on October 28, 2012:
What a unique lens, itâs very interesting and a great idea for a lens! Nice work.
TheBLU26 on September 23, 2012:
Kewl! Never heard of this before! You have some awesome lenses!
pashmala on September 11, 2012:
How creative! Thanks very much!
rawwwwwws lm on August 25, 2012:
Thanks for sharing!! :)
Sunflower2423 on August 20, 2012:
Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading and seeing the different rocks you painted. You do a really good job painting these rocks and they look realistic too.I wish I could do this.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on June 15, 2012:
Very nice. This is the first time I have seen this paint on stone and they look so real. It's unbelievable, your are a great artist, thanks for sharing. Blessed.
justDawn1 on April 06, 2012:
WOW! You are amazing! Such talent! Thank you for sharing with us! :)
AnimalHouse on April 05, 2012:
anonymous on March 27, 2012:
I love your work! Thanks for sharing and I'll be sure to check you out on Etsy.
TTMall on February 26, 2012:
Thank you for such an informative lens.
jadehorseshoe on January 15, 2012:
myraggededge on January 12, 2012:
Just dropped by to express my appreciation for this page and to refresh my blessing. I just published my first rock painting lens - thanks to you!
sojourner-1 on January 11, 2012:
Congrats on your success thus far with Squidoo--imagine what will happen this year! Tabby the cat is awesome. I did not realize it was a painting at first glance.
seosmm on January 08, 2012:
Beautiful work and very nice lens!
BlueTrane on January 07, 2012:
anonymous on January 06, 2012:
Just had to stop back here while I was in the neighborhood for this rock painting magic...and blessed!
julieannbrady on January 06, 2012:
This is such a marvelously lovely art ... I particularly love the crafty cats ... pretty amazing. I'd love to have a series of garden stones artfully painted.
Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 30, 2011:
Congrats on Purple Star and LOTD, well deserved. Love your rock paintings.
ernieplotter on December 28, 2011:
What an amazing way to turn something gray, lifeless and cold into art, colorful and alive.
Very nice way of expression in a great lens. Happy new year!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on December 27, 2011:
I adore your painted rocks. You are so VERY talented! That duck is adorable!!!
ColwoodWheelWorks on December 18, 2011:
Beautiful. You are very talented.
Deadicated LM on December 14, 2011:
I absolutely love this type of art, great Lens. So cool, people are so gifted to be that talented!
fullofshoes on December 10, 2011:
I'm so impressed. The pebble size paintings are exquisite.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on December 06, 2011:
Stunning, beautiful work! Just love this..what a talent
anji lm on December 05, 2011:
@anji lm: Oops! Sorry, I meant leopard
anji lm on December 05, 2011:
Awesome! I love the cheetah and the curled up b&w dog!
Frankie Kangas from California on December 05, 2011:
Back to bless your wonderful lens now that I'm an Angel. I LOVE IT! Bear hugs, Frankster
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on December 05, 2011:
Back to revisit this great lens! I just added a paisley ladybug to my rock painting lens. Yours are SO GOOD!
Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on December 02, 2011:
Awesome article! I love rock artists! :)
hysongdesigns (author) on November 28, 2011:
@GabrielaFargasch: Yes very much a big painted rock; you can see more, mostly smaller ones at www.hysongdesigns.com
myraggededge on November 28, 2011:
Blessing this great lens again today :-)
GabrielaFargasch on November 28, 2011:
Wow!! These are amazing! Honest to God I really thought your lens was about cats!! That stone-cat looks real!! Is it really a painted stone? And I LOVE the ladybugs!! Awesome job!!
ErHawkns7100 on November 27, 2011:
I wish I paint this good.
RobinDM on November 25, 2011:
I'm amazed! I have never seen this artwork before. Good Job!
Quirkyart on November 25, 2011:
Very cool lens. I was for some type of art project on New Years when I have 13 kids from the the ages of 9-15. This looks perfect and economical.
hysongdesigns (author) on November 20, 2011:
@Kailua-KonaGirl: Oh wow! Thank you soooo much!
KonaGirl from New York on November 20, 2011:
You are an amazing artist. I had to call my husband over for him to have a look-see too. LOL. He thought the kitty in the intro was a photo of a cat. I am leaving you with a *Squid Angel Blessing* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Arts & Design Â»" neighborhood.
WriterJanis2 on November 19, 2011:
You really do some amazing work and are very talented. The first photo of a cat looks very much like one of my cats and that's what drew me to your lens.
hartworks lm on November 17, 2011:
At first I liked the dogs best, but then the cats drew me in! Wonderful work and a fascinating lens! Found out about it on SquidUp.
hysongdesigns (author) on October 29, 2011:
@darciefrench lm: OMGosh Thank you! I am so glad people are enjoying this lens!
darciefrench lm on October 29, 2011:
I have been here before, and am back with a blessing for this amazing lens. I love your art work on stone, so much fun and talent :)
efcruzarts on October 21, 2011:
great art stones in display
vmveldman on October 17, 2011:
Gorgeous work! I love your rocks and your lens. Also, thank you for sharing my link (pebblepuss) on your sharing page. There are so many interesting lens...love it!
Rhidawn on October 16, 2011:
Oh WoW! Your stones are absolutely amazing! You are very talented indeed! Awesome lens and awesome work!
Close2Art LM on October 16, 2011:
great artwork, love them all but the feet really made me smile, blessed...
peppervel on October 16, 2011:
cute and beautiful work of arts. I especially like the cats n dogs rocks. Their eyes seem to be staring right at me. Brilliant!
hysongdesigns (author) on October 15, 2011:
@wolfie10: thank you, I'm glad you found it enjoyable.
wolfie10 on October 14, 2011:
beautiful lens. really enjoyed it
hysongdesigns (author) on October 11, 2011:
@anonymous: thank you for stopping by!
anonymous on October 11, 2011:
these are great - I love the feet!
hysongdesigns (author) on October 10, 2011:
@VBright: Thank you; I do plan on doing some how to lenses as I go along, just not enough hours in a day!
VBright on October 10, 2011:
How fun! The artwork is beautiful and something I would love to create or own!
hysongdesigns (author) on October 05, 2011:
@John Dyhouse: thanks Arty! I think you will have fun with these, they can be addicting!
John Dyhouse from UK on October 05, 2011:
Love these wonderful little pieces of art. I am not in general a realistic painter but I am tempted to have a go at the ladybirds. Wonderful lens, thanks
hysongdesigns (author) on October 04, 2011:
@chezchazz: Chazz, thank you so much, i really appreciate your blessing!
Chazz from New York on October 03, 2011:
Thought I'd make it a double header and add my own (home décor) Squid Angel blessing to this amazing lens. Your lens is now featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute page to some of the best lenses we've found since donning our wings.
hysongdesigns (author) on October 01, 2011:
@Diana Wenzel: thank you so much for your support and your blessing, really means a lot to me!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 01, 2011:
Just stopping back by to leave you a Squid Angel blessing. Think of it as a celebration of not only this lens, but also of all that you are accomplishing here. :-)
hysongdesigns (author) on September 30, 2011:
@anonymous: Thank you Vicki, glad you are getting some extra traffic to your site. That was one of my intentions; to help others discover our Rock Art
anonymous on September 27, 2011:
Hi Flora! Thank you so much for your including my artwork link to your site. You have a lot of visitors to your site and have sent a lot of interest artists and soon to be artists to pay me a visit. Very much appreciated. Your site is wonderful!!! I've been looking at your artwork and love what you've done.
hysongdesigns (author) on September 25, 2011:
@Swisstoons: aw shucks, I"m blushing...thank you so much for you kind comments
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on September 25, 2011:
Incredible! These are amazing! If the Antiques Roadshow is still around in a hundred years, I'm guessing that anyone who has a collection of Hysongs will consider himself to be very lucky, indeed. In addition to being quite beautiful, a great sense of humor shines through many of the pieces, as well. I really like these! Thumbs up...FB Like...AND a Google + for good measure. :)
seashell2 on September 25, 2011:
So talented, beautiful work! :-)
Wicket66 on September 17, 2011:
anonymous on September 15, 2011:
I find owning a piece of rock art very comforting. Blessed!
CherylsArt on September 15, 2011:
I love painting and the idea of adding the dimension of stone is very intriguing.
AmyTK9 on September 13, 2011:
Beautiful Artwork! I used to paint on rocks all the time when I was a kid. Nothing like these though! Amazing stuff. Also a very well laid out lens, excellent job!
hysongdesigns (author) on September 10, 2011:
@AlleyCatLane: Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. LoL about the feet; they are often the first to sell when I take a batch to the shop!
AlleyCatLane on September 10, 2011:
Fantastic! I love your work as well as the other artists' work. Not so crazy about the feet though. Great lens.
hysongdesigns (author) on September 10, 2011:
@ideadesigns: Thank you for your sweet words and for stopping by.
ideadesigns on September 10, 2011:
Congrats on a well designed lens and beautiful painted artwork on rocks. The ladybugs is as far as we got on painting rocks. The animals, the feet and the avocado I love. :)
hysongdesigns (author) on September 07, 2011:
@Scarlettohairy: Can't wait to see your next one! Thanks for stopping by
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 07, 2011:
Your rock painting is beautiful. Thanks for visiting my lens. I need to do another painting and post a photo on my Rock Painting lens.
hysongdesigns (author) on August 31, 2011:
@myraggededge: Sounds great! Hope you are enjoying it! Thank you for letting me know
myraggededge on August 30, 2011:
Came back to say thank you for inspiring me to start painting on stones. I have done lots of houses, cats and kittens and even a dog.Thank you!
spiritualll on August 29, 2011:
I saw your lenses now!
They are nice!
I was thinking to show them to others. I hope you keep creating them.
I didn't hesitate to squidlike some of them!
GOOD LUCK ON SQUIDOO
May you earn much Money $$$!
hysongdesigns (author) on August 25, 2011:
@NightSquid LM: thank you for stopping by, glad you liked it!
NightSquid LM on August 25, 2011:
Great lens, very fun read. It's like pet rocks only better.
hysongdesigns (author) on August 16, 2011:
@AngelDey: thank you! The feet and shoes are often the first ones to go out the door when I take a new batch of rocks to the shop
hysongdesigns (author) on August 16, 2011:
@hotbrain: Thank you, I'm loving Squidoo
AngelDey on August 15, 2011:
These are amazing. I love your foot rocks! You should be able to have fun with your art. No reason not to do something a little silly sometimes.
hotbrain from Tacoma, WA on August 13, 2011:
Wow, you paint rocks well and write lenses well! :) Nice to meet you here.
NoobWriter LM on August 13, 2011:
hysongdesigns (author) on August 10, 2011:
@Light-in-me: Thank you for stopping by and your blessing!
Light-in-me on August 10, 2011:
These are wonderful, nice job.
Thanks for sharing.
hysongdesigns (author) on August 10, 2011:
@lemonsqueezy lm: Thank you so much for your blessing! Really appreciate it!
lemonsqueezy lm on August 10, 2011:
oh wow! Eye Candy! The fruits are gorgeous. You definitely deserved a "lens of the Day." *blessed*
hysongdesigns (author) on August 09, 2011:
@Close2Art LM: thank you!
Close2Art LM on August 09, 2011:
very cool work, love it! RWJR
hysongdesigns (author) on July 21, 2011:
@Rock Artist: Thank you! really appreciated.
hysongdesigns (author) on July 21, 2011:
@Squidangel: thank you!
Rock Artist on July 20, 2011:
Love your beautiful work! Nice lens on rock painting
Squidangel on July 11, 2011:
hysongdesigns (author) on July 11, 2011:
@oilpainting3: Thank you for stopping by. Actually being smaller I think they are easier to paint on. also there is no background to worry about or too much space to have to fill up.