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Artists that Paint on Stone

Updated on January 16, 2018
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Mary Hysong was born and raised in Miami, Arizona. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.

Tabby cat, acrylic on stone. Mary Hysong
Tabby cat, acrylic on stone. Mary Hysong

Why Paint On Stone?

With a click of a button I can order any painting surface I want to work with, so why paint on stone? In many areas of the world rocks and stones are plentiful and easy to pick up along a river or stream bank or from your own back yard. They usually require no cash outlay making it easy for those on a budget to have a unique surface to paint on. No two rocks are ever identical, which is part of the fun.

Stone was perhaps the first surface man painted, decorating his caves and sacred sites back in the stone age. Today Rock Art is an emerging art form with many talented artists getting in on the fun. Painting on a stone is to paint a 3-D image on a 3D-object, giving a sculptural feel to your work, without the bother of learning to create a sculpture from scratch.

Pet portraits and memorial stones are becoming more and more popular, especially as more people opt out of having children and just have pets instead. Stones painted with acrylic paint and sealed against the weather become unique pieces of garden art. Stones are a forgiving surface, make a mistake, just paint over it. This makes stone painting a no stress surface for beginning artists.

Most Animals Are Not As Hard As They Look!

Most Animals Are Not As Hard As They Look!
Most Animals Are Not As Hard As They Look!
Lin's book on my paint table with some of my rocks.
Lin's book on my paint table with some of my rocks.

How I got started Painting on Stone

One day at the library I saw a book about painting animals on rocks by Lin Wellford. Her three dimensional paintings intrigued me and I couldn't wait to get started. I followed her simple step by step instructions and was on my way. Those first rocks looked a little amateurish, but as they say, practice makes perfect.

Today I create some very lifelike animal art on stone and sell them through a local shop as well as online. Along the way I have learned many things about painting in general, painting with acrylic paints, creating 3-D paintings and how to paint life like animals. I will share some of these discoveries in future articles. Also along the way I have 'met' other rock artists and learned even more. Here I will highlight some of those artists as well as some resources so you can get started on your own adventure in Rock Art.

Lin Wellford, Arkansas, United States

Lin Wellford is perhaps the most well know rock artist in the United States. Lin is the author of several books on rock painting, from super simple designs suitable for young children to some very lifelike animals. Her instructions are easy to follow and understand with great color photographs to help you along. In addition to the book projects Lin includes photographs of many other related animals to inspire you. Lin's book "Painting Animals on Rocks" was the first one I discovered. I've happily worked my way through most of the rest of her books. No matter how long I paint I always find some new tip that helps me out in a new book.

Links for Lin Wellford

Lin's website and the rock painting group at Yahoo!

Rock Painting books on Amazon

You can find Lin Wellford's book at Amazon. For Suzi Chua's e-books, please visit her website directly.

Just a few of the dogs I've painted this year. My goal for 2011 is to paint as many of the usual or most popular breeds as I can.

food rocks by Suzi Chua
food rocks by Suzi Chua

Suzi Chua Rocks Malaysia

Suzi Chua's wonderful stone food!

Late one night through a random Google search I happened across the website of Suzi Chua. Suzi is a self taught artist working with pastel on paper and acrylic paint on stone. Over the years she has literally painted hundreds, if not thousands of stones, ranging from domestic pets to exotic wild animals. Suzi has a kind and giving heart and freely offers help and advice through the Stone Painting forums accessible on her website as well as the Lin Wellford Original Rock Painting group on Yahoo! newsgroups.

Suzi has now published several e-books about rock painting. Working through the projects Suzi provides in her e-books, from very simple to quite elaborate will give any beginning artist a great foundation in this art form. She has painted and published so many photographs of her works over the years that she had to move her older photographs to a separate website.

Links for Suzi Chua

Suzi has several websites where you may view her work, order an e-book or ask advice for painting problems.

Lets Get Catty, E-book by Suzi Chua
Lets Get Catty, E-book by Suzi Chua
Lisa Carter's tiny Pebble Pets
Lisa Carter's tiny Pebble Pets

Lisa Carter, USA

Lisa Carter's specialty is miniature rock paintings, whole cats, dogs and other animals set on stones that are sometimes less than the size of a quarter. Lisa collaborated with Suzi Chua and Flora Tan on Suzi's latest e-book "Lets Get Catty".

Flora Tan's message bunny
Flora Tan's message bunny

Flora Tan, Borneo Rocks, Malaysia

Flora Tan is another Malaysian rock artist. She collaborated with Suzi Chua and Lisa Carter on Suzi's latest e-book, "Let's Get Catty". Flora, like most rock artists takes pet portrait commissions, as well as painting other animals, like the unique ones native to Malaysia. Many of Flora's animals sport bandanas or ribbons with messages on them, a nice way to say "I love You".

This leopard rock was quite large, about 12x12 inches and about 16-18 inches long. I almost couldn't lift him.

Painted Rocks on E-bay

I've discovered there are many artists that paint on stone and sell their creations on ebay. If this sections displays a message that there aren't any auctions for hand painted rocks right now, it just means they've sold and you'll have to come back later!

Unusual Stone Shapes Give You a Chance to Make Really Unique Peices!

Unusual Stone Shapes Give You a Chance to Make Really Unique Pieces!
Unusual Stone Shapes Give You a Chance to Make Really Unique Pieces!

More Rock Artists Around the World

There are many excellent Rock Artists around the world, transforming ordinary stone into extraordinary art. I can't always read their websites if they are in a foreign language, but I always enjoy the pictures, I hope you will too.

Not all Rock Art is serious. Some of mine is down right silly, like my 6 toed giant foot. It all depends on what the rock says to me....

Steve Thompson / tagsforkids
Steve Thompson / tagsforkids

Angel Blessings

Squid Art provided by Steve Thompson, aka tagsforkids

Squidoo Angels are super nice people that volunteer to read and 'bless' lenses. A blessing is like a super duper giant LIKE and gives the lens a little bit of a boost in lens rank. They also share those lenses with a lot of other people so more people discover you. This lens has been wonderfully blessed and I am honored that you all thought it was good enough!

These lovely Angels have blessed this lens, thank you! I very much appreciate your help and support!

Ladybugs, Mary Hysong, 2011
Ladybugs, Mary Hysong, 2011

Lady bugs are an easy beginner's project and as you can see they have lots of personality. I've just finished up a free tutorial!, How to Paint Ladybug Rocks.

Lens of the Day

This Lens was Lens of the Day on June 16, 2011. This is a very high honor to me, I had only been a member of Squidoo for 26 days and this was my very first lens that I published. I'd like to thank everyone who gave me helpful hints, read, liked and shared my lens. The Squidoo community is wonderful and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Squiddo art provided courtesy of Steve Thompson / tagsforkids, see more on his squidoo art page

THE PURPLE STAR

Purple Star Art by Steve Thompson / tagsforkids, used with permission
Purple Star Art by Steve Thompson / tagsforkids, used with permission

Perhaps because it's been showered with so much Angel dust, this lens was awarded a Purple Star. They don't give out a lot of these in a year, compared to the number of lenses written each year, so this is really and truly a special award to me. Thank you one and all who have had a hand in making my first lens such a success.

This is my very first Squidoo lens and I would love to have your feedback about this page. What do you love, what do you hate, what should I do differently? And if you are a rock artist or know of one, please add their website url to your comments! I love to visit other artists and see their work!

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      Yosemite LM 3 years ago

      I do enjoy your work...

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      ScentsWithBling 4 years ago

      Beautiful work! This is something I am very interested in learning! Thanks for sharing

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Very creative work; inspirational, too.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      As a cat person, got to admit to loving the cat paintings! ;-)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are so unique and colorful. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First of all amazing gob!I paint stones too,10 years now.Well I know it's not really good and needs still work to be done, but still I'd appreciate it if you just take a look at my blog: marinapainting.blogspot.gr/

      Thankyou anyway!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What a unique lens, itâs very interesting and a great idea for a lens! Nice work.

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      TheBLU26 5 years ago

      Kewl! Never heard of this before! You have some awesome lenses!

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      pashmala 5 years ago

      How creative! Thanks very much!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! :)

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading and seeing the different rocks you painted. You do a really good job painting these rocks and they look realistic too.I wish I could do this.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice. This is the first time I have seen this paint on stone and they look so real. It's unbelievable, your are a great artist, thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      WOW! You are amazing! Such talent! Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Very artistic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your work! Thanks for sharing and I'll be sure to check you out on Etsy.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I do paint but never tried it on rocks. These are absolutely amazing! Blessings**

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I do paint but never tried it on rocks. These are absolutely amazing! Blessings**

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thank you for such an informative lens.

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Exceptional Lens.

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Just dropped by to express my appreciation for this page and to refresh my blessing. I just published my first rock painting lens - thanks to you!

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      sojourner-1 6 years ago

      Congrats on your success thus far with Squidoo--imagine what will happen this year! Tabby the cat is awesome. I did not realize it was a painting at first glance.

      Continued success--cheers

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Beautiful work and very nice lens!

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      BlueTrane 6 years ago

      amazing work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just had to stop back here while I was in the neighborhood for this rock painting magic...and blessed!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      This is such a marvelously lovely art ... I particularly love the crafty cats ... pretty amazing. I'd love to have a series of garden stones artfully painted.

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Congrats on Purple Star and LOTD, well deserved. Love your rock paintings.

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      ernieplotter 6 years ago

      What an amazing way to turn something gray, lifeless and cold into art, colorful and alive.

      Very nice way of expression in a great lens. Happy new year!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I adore your painted rocks. You are so VERY talented! That duck is adorable!!!

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      ColwoodWheelWorks 6 years ago

      Beautiful. You are very talented.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      I absolutely love this type of art, great Lens. So cool, people are so gifted to be that talented!

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      I'm so impressed. The pebble size paintings are exquisite.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Stunning, beautiful work! Just love this..what a talent

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      anji lm 6 years ago

      @anji lm: Oops! Sorry, I meant leopard

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      anji lm 6 years ago

      Awesome! I love the cheetah and the curled up b&w dog!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Back to bless your wonderful lens now that I'm an Angel. I LOVE IT! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Back to revisit this great lens! I just added a paisley ladybug to my rock painting lens. Yours are SO GOOD!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Awesome article! I love rock artists! :)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @GabrielaFargasch: Yes very much a big painted rock; you can see more, mostly smaller ones at www.hysongdesigns.com

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Blessing this great lens again today :-)

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Wow!! These are amazing! Honest to God I really thought your lens was about cats!! That stone-cat looks real!! Is it really a painted stone? And I LOVE the ladybugs!! Awesome job!!

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      I wish I paint this good.

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      RobinDM 6 years ago

      I'm amazed! I have never seen this artwork before. Good Job!

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      Quirkyart 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. I was for some type of art project on New Years when I have 13 kids from the the ages of 9-15. This looks perfect and economical.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Oh wow! Thank you soooo much!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      You are an amazing artist. I had to call my husband over for him to have a look-see too. LOL. He thought the kitty in the intro was a photo of a cat. I am leaving you with a *Squid Angel Blessing* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Arts & Design »" neighborhood.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      You really do some amazing work and are very talented. The first photo of a cat looks very much like one of my cats and that's what drew me to your lens.

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      hartworks lm 6 years ago

      At first I liked the dogs best, but then the cats drew me in! Wonderful work and a fascinating lens! Found out about it on SquidUp.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: OMGosh Thank you! I am so glad people are enjoying this lens!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I have been here before, and am back with a blessing for this amazing lens. I love your art work on stone, so much fun and talent :)

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      efcruzarts 6 years ago

      great art stones in display

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      vmveldman 6 years ago

      Gorgeous work! I love your rocks and your lens. Also, thank you for sharing my link (pebblepuss) on your sharing page. There are so many interesting lens...love it!

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      Oh WoW! Your stones are absolutely amazing! You are very talented indeed! Awesome lens and awesome work!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      great artwork, love them all but the feet really made me smile, blessed...

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      cute and beautiful work of arts. I especially like the cats n dogs rocks. Their eyes seem to be staring right at me. Brilliant!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @wolfie10: thank you, I'm glad you found it enjoyable.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      beautiful lens. really enjoyed it

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you for stopping by!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      these are great - I love the feet!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @VBright: Thank you; I do plan on doing some how to lenses as I go along, just not enough hours in a day!

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      VBright 6 years ago

      How fun! The artwork is beautiful and something I would love to create or own!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: thanks Arty! I think you will have fun with these, they can be addicting!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Love these wonderful little pieces of art. I am not in general a realistic painter but I am tempted to have a go at the ladybirds. Wonderful lens, thanks

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @chezchazz: Chazz, thank you so much, i really appreciate your blessing!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Thought I'd make it a double header and add my own (home décor) Squid Angel blessing to this amazing lens. Your lens is now featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute page to some of the best lenses we've found since donning our wings.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: thank you so much for your support and your blessing, really means a lot to me!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Just stopping back by to leave you a Squid Angel blessing. Think of it as a celebration of not only this lens, but also of all that you are accomplishing here. :-)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Vicki, glad you are getting some extra traffic to your site. That was one of my intentions; to help others discover our Rock Art

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Flora! Thank you so much for your including my artwork link to your site. You have a lot of visitors to your site and have sent a lot of interest artists and soon to be artists to pay me a visit. Very much appreciated. Your site is wonderful!!! I've been looking at your artwork and love what you've done.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Swisstoons: aw shucks, I"m blushing...thank you so much for you kind comments

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      Incredible! These are amazing! If the Antiques Roadshow is still around in a hundred years, I'm guessing that anyone who has a collection of Hysongs will consider himself to be very lucky, indeed. In addition to being quite beautiful, a great sense of humor shines through many of the pieces, as well. I really like these! Thumbs up...FB Like...AND a Google + for good measure. :)

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      So talented, beautiful work! :-)

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      Wicket66 6 years ago

      Amazing paintings!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I find owning a piece of rock art very comforting. Blessed!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I love painting and the idea of adding the dimension of stone is very intriguing.

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      AmyTK9 6 years ago

      Beautiful Artwork! I used to paint on rocks all the time when I was a kid. Nothing like these though! Amazing stuff. Also a very well laid out lens, excellent job!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. LoL about the feet; they are often the first to sell when I take a batch to the shop!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Fantastic! I love your work as well as the other artists' work. Not so crazy about the feet though. Great lens.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @ideadesigns: Thank you for your sweet words and for stopping by.

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Congrats on a well designed lens and beautiful painted artwork on rocks. The ladybugs is as far as we got on painting rocks. The animals, the feet and the avocado I love. :)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Can't wait to see your next one! Thanks for stopping by

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Your rock painting is beautiful. Thanks for visiting my lens. I need to do another painting and post a photo on my Rock Painting lens.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @myraggededge: Sounds great! Hope you are enjoying it! Thank you for letting me know

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Came back to say thank you for inspiring me to start painting on stones. I have done lots of houses, cats and kittens and even a dog.Thank you!

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      spiritualll 6 years ago

      HI!

      I saw your lenses now!

      They are nice!

      I was thinking to show them to others. I hope you keep creating them.

      I didn't hesitate to squidlike some of them!

      GOOD LUCK ON SQUIDOO

      May you earn much Money $$$!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @NightSquid LM: thank you for stopping by, glad you liked it!

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      NightSquid LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, very fun read. It's like pet rocks only better.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @AngelDey: thank you! The feet and shoes are often the first ones to go out the door when I take a new batch of rocks to the shop

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @hotbrain: Thank you, I'm loving Squidoo

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      AngelDey 6 years ago

      These are amazing. I love your foot rocks! You should be able to have fun with your art. No reason not to do something a little silly sometimes.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Wow, you paint rocks well and write lenses well! :) Nice to meet you here.

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      NoobWriter LM 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Light-in-me: Thank you for stopping by and your blessing!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      These are wonderful, nice job.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Robin :)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @lemonsqueezy lm: Thank you so much for your blessing! Really appreciate it!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      oh wow! Eye Candy! The fruits are gorgeous. You definitely deserved a "lens of the Day." *blessed*

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: thank you!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      very cool work, love it! RWJR

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Rock Artist: Thank you! really appreciated.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Squidangel: thank you!

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      Rock Artist 6 years ago

      Love your beautiful work! Nice lens on rock painting