Monday, January 2, 2017

A Rock Painter's Brain - Updated for 2017

I originally blogged about A Rock Painter's Brain - The Creative Process in January 2015 and realized it was time for a 2017 update.

Painted Brain Rock by Cindy Thomas

I did not apply a sealer to the brain in 2015 so I could repaint sections where my goals were met and add new items for the upcoming year.

The sections of the brain still include:
  • Inspiration
  • Creative Soul Food
  • Rocks To Finish
  • I Want
  • To Do
  • Rocks I Want To Paint

Inspiration - After 2 years, I still get my inspiration from Pinterest, Nature, and two Facebook groups - Rock Painting and Rock Painters Extension Group.

Creative Soul Food - Nothing has changed here. I still enjoy chocolate, coffee, pistachios and wine.

Rocks To Finish - This section is for my priority projects. In 2015, Noah's Ark was completed and gifted to a friend and elephants now replace that section of the brain. I need to start and complete a 6-sided rock. Nativities are always a priority in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season.

I Want - I like to buy rock painting supplies and acquired most of my wants in 2015 and 2016 - display easels, gift bags, a fine point pen, and nail art brushes. In 2017, my new wants are Posca fine point pens, white gel pen, white beach pebbles, and small pliers.

To Do - In 2015, I received a new camera and learned how to use it to photograph my painted rocks. A project I now want to accomplish is a pebble art wall hanging for my entryway porch.

Rocks I Want to Paint - Many of these (and more) were painted on rocks between 2015 and now - matryoshkas, mandalas, owls, cactus, dogs, hearts, slimy critters. I kept most of them on the brain because they were so enjoyable to paint. Maybe I should rename this section "Favorite Rocks to Paint."

This is the mind map concept taken to the next level!

Cindy Thomas with a Brain Painted on a Rock
Happy New Year, everyone.
May all your rock painting dreams come true.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks


  1. I love this! I am always setting goals, and writing down what I think should happen, at the beginning of every year. But this is proof that you are a true rock painter! Of COURSE you would put your goals on a rock!

    1. Thanks, Bon. It was quite fun to look at the brain (originally painted in 2015) and see which goals I accomplished. And it was a great way to start off 2017 by updating certain sections with new goals. As you can see, I always have rocks on my mind.

  2. Hahahaha....literally, you have "rock(s) for brains"!! :D Happy New Year, Cindy...may you have a very productive and satisfying 2017!

    1. It's obvious I have rocks in my brain isn't it, Val. Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Prosperous, and Healthy New Year.

  3. Neat painted rock. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome, Dot. I had the rock for awhile and always thought it looked like a skull. Once the idea of what to paint on it popped into my head, it all came together perfectly.