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The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks Paperback – Unabridged, September 15, 1994
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In any case, when I stumbled across this book nearly a decade later, I absolutely had to have my own copy. Thankfully, the book was popular enough (and it should be, it's a great book) that finding used copies is quite easy. I was also delighted to know that there are several sequels to these books with new ideas and great photos.
In any case, you're probably wondering why I'm writing more about me than the book, so... back on topic.
This book (as well as Lin Wellford's other "Painting <XYZ> on Rocks") is the master of its genre, all other books I've seen have been small in detail, depth, and variety in comparison to this one. While it does follow the standard "Step 1...", "Step 2..." style of direction, i.e. learning by direct imitation, Lin Wellford also goes into variations and shows pictoral samples of alternate versions of her works. In fact, you could probably buy just one of her books and have all the knowledge necessary to create an indefinite amount of other animals and objects on rocks as long as you had the inspiration. For those of us who like to imitate some (all) of the time, directly following her step-by-step instructions is great, particularly considering how many different types of animals are included.
In "Painting Animals on Rocks", there are step by step instructions listed for:
- Cat/Kitten (Calico)
- Cat (Persian)
- Cat (Tabby)
- Deer Fawn
There is also a brief photo-gallery at the back of the book which includes double-animal rocks, as well as a general rock painting instruction in the front that is quite comprehensive (even to the point of suggesting the type of outdoor craft acrylics, paintbrushes, and suggested tools (either homemade or purchased). I've found the instructional section to be better in some of Lin Wellford's more recent books, so if you're looking for a single rock painting book and you're not picky on patterns, it might be better to try one of her books that was published after this one.