The Re-imagined Stone
A stone by any other name would …still go unnoticed. I’ve always had a slight affinity for the underdog, the castaway, the downtrodden, so stones and rocks inevitably charm me. Unless they soar to outstanding heights or impede our journey from point A to point B, we rarely pay them a bit of notice. And yet, we are surrounded by stones, in all shapes and sizes and colours.
It was actually my father who taught me as a child to search for unique and beautiful stones by the riverbank or at any of the beaches we visited as a family growing up. Our collection of stones gathered on Cavendish Beach in Prince Edward Island, Canada, more than two decades ago still sits in a beautiful little pile in a wicker basket at my parents’ home. After bringing them back to our home in Ontario, my father varnished them to make them look wet, which brought out all of their beautiful characteristics: marble veins, granite pock marks, hidden faces.
Below are five examples of stones that have been reinvented and re-imagined by various artists and crafters. Each is handpainted – and beautifully so. Next time you’re out hiking or beach-combing, have a look at the humble stone. You may see more than you might expect!
Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.