Announcement Welcome to Wild River Stoneworks! Here you will find hand painted rocks featuring animals and other artworks by Missy Todd. To learn more about my painted stones, please see my shop's "About" section and visit my profile page. Thank you for looking!
Welcome to Wild River Stoneworks! Here you will find hand painted rocks featuring animals and other artworks by Missy Todd. To learn more about my painted stones, please see my shop's "About" section and visit my profile page. Thank you for looking!
It all begins with a big old pile of rocks...
Ever since I began painting rocks at age 9, I can't help but notice their interesting shapes as I'm walking... anywhere. I got into painting rocks by receiving the gift of Lin Wellford's book "Painting Animals on Rocks." It has since become a habit. I have piles of rocks that accumulate outside my garden fence because I can't resist bringing home those ones with promising shapes... or the pretty ones. My two young sons seem to be catching on easily. My husband is left wondering why we have piles of rocks lying around.
Since I can remember, I have enjoyed creating. My mother continues to inspire me as a talented quilter who has owned her own shop for many years. Along with raising five children and being a working ranch wife, she always managed to find the time to create beautiful things.
I choose each rock that I paint by looking for certain shapes that I imagine could contain the shape of a specific animal that I want to paint. Nearby where I live are piles and piles of rounded stones left over from the mining dredges that came through in search of gold in the eighteen hundreds. Also nearby are several (famous) Montana rivers whose banks offer multitudes of smooth, rounded stones. Both of these are excellent sources for my painting materials. Once I have the perfect stone, I begin by sketching the animal in pencil. I strive to make my animals realistic and often study their features and markings as I work. Then it is on with the paint! Acrylic is wonderful for layering colors and details. Once I am satisfied with my painted animal, I finish by signing the bottom of each rock with my brush and then add a coat of acrylic sealer to protect the paint.
My favorite subjects to paint are the wildlife that make the surrounding mountains and valleys their home. I am often awed by their beauty as well as their adaptability and toughness that helps them live here. Thank you so much for taking the time to view my page! I wish you many happy adventures!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I have been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil and began painting rocks when I was 9 years old. My mom is the owner of a beautiful quilt shop at her rural home where I grew up, which is where my art sales began and encouraged me!
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