via Jim Cable

It’s hard to believe that these are painted on river rocks.  Art has become incredibly versatile these days.  Canvases are no longer what they used to be.  Now, artists look beyond the ordinary and find a way to turn it into something extraordinary.

One such artist is Akie Nakata who creatively turns stones into cute little animals.  But this is no easy task.

For Akie, it is more than just painting on a stone.  She strives to bring out the living being that she feels in the stone and proceeds carefully.  First, she considers where she is positioning the backbone.  She also states that it is the stone that determines what she paints on it.  Her goal?  To paint the life, the living spirit of the being she feels inside the stone.

Take a look:

Baby seal
Bluebird
Mother and baby koala
Owl
Pug dog
Red Fox
Golden Retriever
Snow owl
Mother and baby elephant
Racoon
Hamster