Rock Art

I spent a couple days getting my artist’s eye back in shape by working on some sketches. I decided to look at rocks and study their shapes and colors. I’ve chosen 4 of the better ones to share.


They’re all acrylic paintings on scraps of canvas prepared with gesso and glued to cardboard—something I started doing years ago when I did field studies of wildlife. They’re cheap and easy to put together and lighter than canvas boards.


You can see I had fun with color and tried to be as painterly as possible. When I’m a bit rusty with my craft, I draw with my brushes instead of painting with them. Squinting blurs the image and keeps me from seeing edges. That way the objects look like they haven’t been cut and pasted to the canvas.


No masterpieces here. But, oh well. I needed a break from writing and this was the perfect escape.



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