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.


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  • By: Heather

    Fernando Llosa is an artist in my community who creates the most amazing artwork with stones collected from our local gorges (using them just as they are found rather than cutting or altering). He calls them stone poems. His work can be seen at Spectacular.

  • By: Ken Trulock

    We were just talking about this revitalized trend of creating art on stones. I have a friend that goes on vacation to the beach, fills a bucket with stones, writes insiprational messages on them and drops them randomly on the beach or in the shallows for people to find. Shared!

  • By: Dorothy Hayes

    Love the stones. I collect stones from special places we visit. In fact I have a very special stone from the Beekman Garden.

  • By: Bonnie Moon

    very beautiful especially the animals, so original. Thank
    you for sharing

  • By: nantucketdaffodil

    These are beautiful! We collect heart shaped rocks at the beach….I love using nature to decorate!

  • By: Bev Nan Murphy

    THe lovely artwork is displayed on equally lovely art in its own right.
    Every year I gather a stone for each family member (we live on Cape Cod Bay) tie it with seagrass is a “family gathering” and place it on our seawall as a talisman for a blessed year. I learned the concept that there is “spirit” in each stone, while in Hawaii. Exactly like us,each sprang from something more and has a history from long ago,with a purpose right now to be as beautiful in spirit and just being.
    I love them unadorned as well.

      • By: Bev Nan Murphy

        Andrew: the thought occurs how finished our rock family would be with the addition of one of your lovely foxes to the mix. Glad you like our tale. Spirit is in all of nature. Stay warm. : )

  • By: Carolyn Prevo

    I love the stone collection. My favorite of these pictures is the last one with the little owls and other animals.

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