When the artist holds these pebbles, she feels everything it has “silently witnessed over the millennia.”
Rocks are everywhere around us. Some adventurous people might prefer playing soccer with it till it goes out of our path, while others might not even notice it.
However, there is a supremely talented Japanese artist who collects regular rocks and turns it into tiny, adorable animals by painting on it. Akie Nakata (known simply as Akie) knows exactly which animals to paint on regular rocks and the best part? You can hold them in the palm of your hand.
Akie revealed that she is self-taught and has always loved picking up oddly-shaped stones since she was a child.
The artist tells My Modern Met writing, “Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues […] to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”
Akie also claimed that she was inspired to start painting on rocks one fine day when she was taking a walk alongside the bank of a river. She had stumbled across a pebble that was shaped like a rabbit and she immediately knew what to do.
She often asks herself, “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?”
The talented Japanese artist believes that every pebble has its own destined character. She uses acrylic paintings to bring them to life and has created several stone animal paintings since 2011.
She has created a plethora of rock paintings of animals ranging from cats and dogs to owls, mice, and even an entire opossum family.
And the fact that all her stone animals look so ridiculously realistic, it just makes it all the more evident on how talented she is. She paints the eyes of the animal at the end as she sees “the eyes are now alive and looking back [at her.]” She adds, “To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”
When Akie holds these pebbles, she feels everything it has “silently witnessed over the millennia.”
You can check out her artwork on Instagram here.