An artist who hails from Japan named Akie Nakata (known as Akie) uses an extraordinary canvas to create her art. She’s been using stones and rocks and turning them into some of the most stunning creations you have ever seen on any surface.
These are amazing, and you get to hold them right in the palm of your hand.
Akie taught herself how to paint at a young age. She started painting on stones and rocks in 2011. Akie is inspired by the natural shapes of the rocks she locates. She selects those that she believes “already have their own characters.”
It all started when Akie found a pebble while taking a walk across a river bank that looked just like a rabbit.
“Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues […] to go ahead and paint what I see on them,” said Akie.
After choosing each stone, Akie considers the character of the animal she is about to paint. She spends a considerable amount of time with each piece considering what the animals could be and how best to showcase their spirit. She carefully considers their placement on the stones.
“Am I positioning the backbone in the right place? Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone?”
She uses acrylic paints on each piece that she carefully paints with tiny strokes. She carefully considers every animal when designing each stone.
The artist always waits and leaves the eyes until the very last thing. She says, “the eyes are now alive and looking back at her.”
“To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone,” said Akie.
Akie might not concentrate on how much detail each piece contains, but the realistic nature of her designs is impeccable. Each piece looks more lifelike than the next.
Sometimes as she paints the animals, she speaks to them. She does this to get a sense of the character she is painting on the stones. She believes each rock has a story to tell and she wants to highlight the individuality each time she starts anew.
Each stone Akie chooses is a treasure in its own right. The artist wants to highlight that with her work as much as anything else, that each piece of mother earth is special.
“Because we all stand on the same earth, and we come from the same earth.”
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