Just about every Fall I create some small affordable art that someone could purchase for gift giving. This year I have painted rocks for sale.
They make unique Christmas gifts or Stocking Stuffers. Each is individual, just like a snowflake. In fact, they sort of look like snowflakes so apropos for the season.
Some other uses for painted rocks: paper weight, meditation stone, wedding party gifts, party favors, a gift for wedding guests, party guest gifts, knick knacks, put in decorative bowls, add to your boho decor, door stop (the 4 inch one), use as a surprise gift, set on a shelf to inspire love and peace.
I’ve hand picked these river rocks from our property along the Skagit River in Washington State. I’ve painted them with intricate mandala patterns in acrylic. Then I signed and dated them on the back and sprayed them with a clear coat for protection.
Gnomes and Feather Stones
I’ve always been a fan of fantasy so I also have gnome and feather rocks.
This next one is one of my favs.
And I love this next one too. Well, I love all of them since I made them. LOL But I really like this one. It’s the largest of them at 4 inches.
So I hope you will hop on over to my Etsy Shop and check out the other painted rocks I have for sale.
I was painting about a dozen canvases and pieces on wood while I was taking the Bloom True e-course by Flora Bowley. I’m still working on some of the pieces and they are developing and changing and don’t look anything like the way they started.
It’s always interesting to me to watch a painting develop. In the future I’ll be posting some of these pieces to show you.
What I love about the Bloom True e-course is you can take what you would like from it, what resonates with you, and leave the rest. Many of the things I was doing are things that I have learned in previous experimental drawing and painting classes but I had fallen away from them and this e-course got me back on track! Love that! One needs that as an artist to keep growing. And taking workshops is inspiring for that! And this one is amazingly inspiring! It is unique in that it combines more than just painting techniques. There is a whole mind, body, soul element to it. I highly recommend enrolling for the next e-course in June.
Letting images come spontaneously and intuitively, letting my own marks and color palette fill the canvas was a joy!
Below are some of the images of my painting, Protecting the Nest III, as it developed.
The final painting has some of my signature marks in it.
The marks I use with string, making spirals and swiggly marks with red and black paint. And the marks I use by scratching into paint on wax paper and pressing it into the painting. These marks are what Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D. from the smARTist Telesummit calls one’s fingerprint aka one’s artist voice with painting. The marks that make your painting yours. These are my marks and they are the one’s that a person can recognize an L. Gruger painting has. That and the black outline. I love using the black outline and currently I’m experimenting with white outline too.
What are the things that make up your fingerprint?