I began painting in 2006 and I began with garden stepping stones. If you have ever looked at my blog Obedience Stones, you know that when asking God what on earth I was to do with all of my photographs of flowers He clearly said, "Paint a Stone." And I did! No I'm not always that obedient, but that was too clear to ignore and I had always wanted to paint, so my journey began.
My first stone was a very sad sunflower, but you could tell that's what it was. It's still in my yard. I soon turned toward hibiscus and they became my favorite flower to paint, but at the request of friends I branched out to many other flowers.
But as I said that was 2006 and although I have given away and sold many stones, I have kept a lot too and some have seen their better day! But after all what did I expect? Few garden items really last more than a few years in our heat and a weed-eater plays havoc, so I'm surprised they look as good as they do, after seven years and so I decided to do some restoration. Wish I could offer this to everyone I've gifted, but unless they bring them to me, well I digress! On to my restorations!
This first one was a pink and yellow hibiscus in it's first life - two colors that fade the fastest in the sun! And so this time I kept the shape, but totally changed the color - all new and fresh for the yard, well, as soon as I finish the stamen!
The second one is refreshed in just about it's original colors, but now it's a bright show piece for the yard.
I have several more to bring in for restoration and I'm so glad I can do this.
So fun to be back painting stones - the joy of obedience never goes away!