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« on: August 07, 2018 01:13:36 PM »



I selected my rock to paint from a trail by a creek on July 27th, but I didn't start painting it until August 5th. I suppose I probably should have spent a little more time trying to find a smoother/flatter one, but the one I picked, while a bit uneven and pockmarked, worked out alright. The stone looked like a dirty potato when I pocketed it, but it cleaned up into a lighter shade. I'm guessing it's granite, but I'm no expert on rocks.



I was going to do the base coat black, but I ended up doing gold instead. That way, I can pretend I'm a miner that struck it rich!



I decided to paint a woman smelling a flower. Why? I don't know, that's just what I felt like doing at the time. The art was done completely with acrylic paint and ink. I sealed the rock with spray & wipe furniture polish (orange oil, so, my rock even smells nice!), which worked out okay and gave a very glossy finish, but the paint tends to get damaged while you're rubbing the stone, due to its relatively rough texture, so, I wouldn't recommend it. The gloss also made the stone hard to photograph, and I even mentally told myself to shoot my photos before I sealed the rock to avoid that, but, when do I ever listen to sensible advice from anybody, especially myself?





I also wrote a quote, from Carrie Fisher, along the top, that reads: "I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."



I got said statement from my copy of 2001's Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women by Bill Adler.



 
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After voting in the Primary early this morning, I decided to leave the stone in a pocket park, situated between two businesses, off of one of the main streets in my town. I put her on the ground, next to the trellis. That area sees a fair amount of foot traffic throughout the day, so, I'm guessing that it won't take long for someone to find and claim my rock, as it's in plain sight.











Of course, some people just like to vandalize rocks . . .









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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018 04:56:35 PM »

I can hardly believe it used to be a dirty potato rock.  It's stunning.  Your detail and use of highlighting is unmatched. Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2018 02:44:16 AM »

brilliant
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2018 05:13:44 AM »

That's beautiful. Really excellent colour choices and shading.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2018 05:36:46 AM »

I quite like Rainbow Dash's rock, yours is pretty good too!
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018 06:45:09 AM »

It's beautiful, and you picked the perfect quote for it. Someone is going to love finding that!
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018 07:24:07 AM »

Beautiful work!
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2018 07:33:54 AM »

Thank you, everyone!

I checked the park this morning, about half an hour ago, and the rock is still there and doesn't look like it's been disturbed/moved at all yet.

I quite like Rainbow Dash's rock, yours is pretty good too!

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2018 08:37:58 AM »

Oh wow! Amazing work! I love the gold!
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2018 11:00:29 AM »

Patraw, your rock is beautifully amazing!!!!!!!!
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