When I was a little, my grandmother would come up with really fun ways to entertain me. She’d drive us to the rock quarry where we’d pick out rocks to bring home, glue together, and paint.
The intention was to pick out rocks of different shapes and size to form specific animals when glued together.
For instance flat round, “big or small” type rocks worked for the head. The body might work with elongated shaped rock, and the legs be made from little to medium-sized round pebble type rocks, (we might use several, depending on what we were trying to create).
What a blast we would have together, we’d spend hours making turtles, dogs, cats, mice, or whatever we could imagine from the rocks.
It wasn’t just the act of picking rocks, and making something from them that was so much fun. It was more about making memories, and spending time with my grandmother. We bonded as we created these little creatures with our imaginations.
Who would have thought a few rocks, acrylic paint, glue, and our mutual love of art, could turn into a lifetime of artistic adventure I’d never forget!
More importantly I learned how to entertain myself through art; how to captivate and use my God-given imagination.
Our times spent together created memories that I have long cherished after she passed.
I’d always remember the time my grandmother gave me, and what value it had. If ever I wanted to connect with her, it would be through memory, of our time spent. It was a spark of imagination that became my “go-to” when I needed time to de-stress.
As an adult, my imagination took art to a whole new level.
I love abstract art and have found it easier for me to paint from my imagination when there is something there to work with. I have found the more odd-shaped the rock, the easier it is for me to come up with images from the rocks natural inclusions.
What I discover sometimes even rocks have stories to tell. It’s amazing at what came from these rocks as I painted.
Rocks became keep sake and memorandums. Each place I’d visit, I would pick up a rock or two or three. I seem drawn to heart-shaped rocks or abstract odd shapes. I’d use rocks to remind me of a special place, moment, or time, or just because I found it beautiful. I usually pick them up from many places such as the ocean, lake, or find one as I’m walking on the street. It really doesn’t matter. If I’m inspired to pick it up, I will. What I do with it, will come later.
I decided they would make nice gifts.
They are far nicer than a greeting card. I began painting rocks with messages and glued a magnet to the back. People really enjoy this ingenious idea! It not only sends the person a message of love it’s a reminder of the person who made it.
I created this video demonstrating some of the rock paintings I have completed. My hope is that in doing so, it may inspire someone else to discover for themselves, what imagination can bring forth from the rocks, and what great abstract art they make.
It might actually be the one thing you could do with your own child or someone special that will help them learn to use their imagination, which in turn would give them something positive and creative to do with their time. These days kids can easily lose touch with these natural gifts we have been given.
Kids have wild imaginations. Are you are a teacher? It’s a super fun class project to do with your students. I guarantee you will become their favorite teacher, and one they won’t forget!
For me creating art is twofold. Not only do I love to paint, and create. I love to inspire others to see what a little imagination, paint brush, and acrylic paint, can do.
Besides having fun– painting works wonders to reduce stress. Turn on your favorite music; get out the rocks, and get to painting. See what comes up and out. Get ready to be amazed!