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The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks Paperback – September 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1St Edition edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891345728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891345725
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A small river rock picked up while walking along a creek in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas was the start of a lifelong fascination for artist Lin Wellford. She took it home and painted on a few simple details. The transformation was immediate and amazing. Painting in three dimensions made her little rock rabbit seem to come to life.
After years of painting hundreds more creatures of all kinds, Lin responded to repeated requests for a book that would share her techniques for painting rocks, as well as pointers on how to choose rocks and how to match rock shapes to their perfect subject.
Her first book, The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks, came out in 1994 and immediately became a bestseller. It was followed by a yet more books, each taking on a different subject, including painting flowers and little cottages on rocks, painting rock pets, projects for kids to paint, easy projects for brand new painters, and most recently, a book devoted to painting manufactured stones and edging to turn any outdoor space into a garden gallery.
In addition to her books, Lin was a frequent guest on HGTV's The Carol Duvall Show, and has appeared on dozens of national, regional, and local television shows to spread the word about the accessibility and fun of rock painting. She is also the author of The New Grandparents Name Book.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is an exceptionally well written book about the curious topic of painting animals on rocks. The author generously shares her technique for painting appealing animals on rocks. She starts with a discussion of what size and shape rock to pick and then goes on to explain every step from brush stokes to color selections. The author accompanies her detailed explainations with attractive and logically sequenced photographs of the work in process. She also includes many beautiful and inspiring photographs of her completed works. Not only does this artist show you how to replicate her work, she shares with the you how to price and market your work!
After reading through this book I was able to pick a rock out of my yard and paint it to realistically resemble my calico cat. I will never again be able to walk past a pile of smooth river rock without scanning for the best 'cat' or 'racoon' rock in the bunch
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book in a craft catalogue, my response was 'how silly,' but the rocks on the front cover were so impressive that I kept going back to look at the picture. Finally at a bookstore, I picked up a copy, and after leafing through decided it was something I had to try. My first attempts, a coral snake and a turtle, came out just like the pictures. Just a few weeks later, I painted two turtles to look like a friend's pets and gave them to her for her birthday. Her uncle liked them so much that he wants to comission me to paint a rock for him. It's amazing what fantastic results you get because of the clear, step-by-step instructions. Even I was impressed by my first rabbit and kitten. I am not much of an artist (although I enjoy crafts), but I have learned a lot of art techniques from this book, and I think I will soon feel comfortable adapting some of the designs. The gallery of photos at the end of the book was fun to look at. This is a craft that is fun, relaxing, and quite charming--I'm so glad I took a second look and gave it a chance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julia Gillin on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Art of painting animals on rocks is a gem! Lin Wellford is brilliant to imagine such portraits on rocks. By following her selection of rocks, to picking the exact paint brushes, I have started my own business of painting peoples' own animals on rocks! I did not know I had the talent until I used photos of my mom's dog that had passed away and Lin's guidelines. My mother thought she saw her little pomeranian curled up under her desk and was so overwhelmed at the likenees. That is what this book will do for you! And the gifts you can make for others. Buy her second book, Painting More Animals on Rocks for mor detailed portraits! A MUST FOR ANIMAL ART LOVERS!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robin Harris (bharris@waun.tdsnet.com) on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am not a painter, but wanted to try something different. This book has easy to understand directions and even I can paint rocks to make them look good! I'm definately going to try some of her other books.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Thayer on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who paints with acrylics. I've done decorative woodwork for several years. Wood can get expensive, rocks can be found everywhere! The step by step directions in this book make it easy. You'll be amazed with your results. Your friends, family and co-workers will be amazed too. It's fun, easy and addictive. Bet you can't paint just one! You'll never look at rocks the same way again. Plus, you'll collect an array of pets that are very low maintainence! I look forward to getting the other books by Lin Wellford.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judy Knox on July 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved to draw animals and nature ever since I could remember. I draw what I see. I'm not a Lin Wellford or even Bev Dolittle although I admire both of these people very much. Because I loved to draw and paint I knew I just had to have the book " Painting Animals on Rocks " when it came out... I was not disappointed. She shows each painting techique step by step. There are illustrations that ranges from easy to do to the more challanging. I'm no expert but following Lin's direction I was able to produce some awesome animals. I even entered a couple in the local fair and got first and second place ribbons. My grandchildren and friends who are the recipients of my animal gifts heap praises on me whenever they receive one of my creatures. Sometimes I feel like I'm cheating and all the credit should go to Lin whose work I copy from looking at her examples. But I sit back and graciously accept the praises. I'm looking forward to another purchase of more of Lin's work. If painting animals is not your cup of tea, then by all means try painting houses and/or flowers on rocks. If you are a self made artist like myself you will not be disappointed in your purchase. I appreciate the time allowed to submit my views regarding this lovely, caring,and sharing lady..
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2004
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I also love this book. Instructions were easy to follow. My very first rock, a turtle, actually looked like the example! Which is pretty amazing, because I have very little experience drawing or painting. I also bought the book on painting flowers, and it is equally excellent. I think I am hooked....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cathi Hoffman on July 21, 2000
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This book is awesome! I am a novice to the world of painting. I first got the book about 3 years ago, and have since painted many, many rocks. My family will often call and request that I paint a certain animal for them. The instructions are easy to follow and are written in such a way that once you have mastered one animal, you can easily see how you could adapt it to another. I am anxious now to try the sequel to this book and indeed start painting more animals on rocks.
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