Japanese artist Akie Nakata shows us how creativity can hit at any time. With just a bunch of stones, paint and a clever hand, she takes ugly looking rocks, and masterfully paints them, making them look like tiny animals that fit in the palm of a hand.
Akie is a self-taught artist who has been collecting stones since she was a child, and started to create stone paintings in 2011. She recalled talking a walk along a river bank and seeing a pebble that looked like a rabbit. That was the spark that started her art.
She gets the inspiration to paint a specific animal to a specific stone, she says that she paints what she sees. Each stone is shaped according to its own destined character, “To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone” Akie said in an interview. Akie’s works are extremely lifelike. The details painted to each stone are incredibly intricate. One look and you know how much effort was exerted for each masterpiece. Among her works are paintings of dogs, crocodiles, cats , lions, bears, raccoons, mom and baby elephants, polar bears, a family of possums and owls, only to name a few.

Akie Nakata, with one of her creations, a mini Cat

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A cute mouse

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Otters

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Owl

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Fox

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Seal

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Dog

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