Stone painting symbolizes a perfect blend of nature and art. For the ingenious artist Henry Lee, stones are nature’s most refined works and every stone has its unique texture burnished after tens of thousands of year. After years of experimenting with special pigments, the artist discovered the best formula to bring out the life of this nature work of art.
On average, an original Artstone creation takes 3 to 5 days to complete. But hunting for the right stone with the desired shape, color, density and texture is a rather laborious job. Henry insists that each stroke of the paint brush has to blend in naturally to the color, line, and pattern on the unembellished pebble. Moreover, the most essential part is to create a pair of eyes that convey the vivid expression and spirit.
The Creating of Artstone
The Creating of Artstone
The stone selection process is not easy. In addition to possessing the proper shape, size, and texture, the stones must be the right conduit for the spirits of the characters waiting to leap from Henry Lee’s imagination into the real world. Sometimes during the painting process Henry discovers the stone is missing that special something, so it’s essential to carefully search for the right ones.
Once the collected stones are categorized by size, color, and texture, their surface are cleansed and smoothed. Only at this point may the spirits of Henry’s imaginary characters begin to inhabit them.
A draft is then made in pencil on the stone. Sometimes the animal is crouching, at other times rakish, languorous, or playful. The artist insists the character has to blend in naturally with the shape and size of stone naturally.
Japanese acrylic paint colors are carefully selected to delineate details such as fine hairs, while natural brush strokes are used render the animal’s demeanor, movements, and expressions.
Creating the Crystal-clear Eyes
The most challenging part of the process is bringing the crystal clear eyes of the animal on the stone to life. To accomplish this, the artist must apply 7 to 8 layers of paint in one breath, to create the feeling that the whimsical characters are looking right back at you.
Because each of Henry’s creations is one of a kind, he intends to keep all his originals as museum collection. But when he observed how much his friends and fans wished to add Artstones to their collections, Henry decided to create a method by reproduce specific pieces in limited edition for collectors.
After years of study, HCF team finally found a way to use cold-cast mold and mix stone powder with poly-resin to create a 95% near-perfect reproduction stone save for a few natural dents and colors. Henry dedicated training a team of studio using same refined techniques to reproduce his Artstones. Though not his own work but he closely oversees every step of the painting process. These engravings convey the beauty of the original work and make an exquisite gift to collectors.