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Japanese Artist Transforms River Stones into Palm Sized Animals

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When walking along the river, most people look at the beautiful scenery, or the greenery.  Japanese artist Akie Nakata looks for animal shaped rocks.

Akie Nakata loved to collect small rocks and draw animals when she was little.  It was only the accidental discovery of a rabbit-shaped rock that inspired her to combine her two passions, stated mnn.com.

Nakata started to use the title of stone artist and transform rocks into beautiful unique creatures starting in 2011.  She is a self taught artist, according to magazine.b2zone.com.

Nakata says she believes that each stone she paints has a soul, so when she looks at a rock, she lets it speak to her about how it should be painted.  She never changes the stone’s shape or tries to paint it into an animal that it doesn’t have the right shape for, according to spoon-tamago.com.

“When I find a stone, I feel that stone too has found me. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them,” Nakata stated, according to mnn.com.

She takes her time to create each animal, leaving no room for mistakes.  Nakata knows that her piece is done when “the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone,’” according to mnn.com.   

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