WHERE DO YOU COLLECT YOUR MUSKOKA ROCKS?
There are many gathering places in Muskoka, Ontario. I prefer the beaches and also collect the rocks from the rivers and streams.
ARE THE MUSKOKA ROCKS ARTIFICIALLY MODIFIED?
No, the ROCKS are not processed. Every hole or defect is unique and has been created naturally by Mother Nature and I respect and sometimes even try to enhance these through my painting.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PAINTS THAT YOU USE?
I use high quality professional artists acrylic water-based paint.
DO YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT THE MUSKOKA ROCK WILL BECOME WHEN YOU PICK IT UP?
Yes, most of the time I do. Other times I choose a stone for its interesting form and decide later what I will paint on it.
ARE THE PAINTINGS YOU CREATE ON THE MUSKOKA ROCKS PERMANENT?
Yes, it will last for many years, especially if the rock is kept indoors and away from direct sunlight. In addition to using high-quality professional acrylic paint, I protect each piece with a special protective glaze of archival ultraviolet resistant matte spray.
CAN I KEEP MY PAINTED MUSKOKA ROCK IN THE GARDEN?
Sheltered under a canopy would be the very best. No protective varnish can ever protect from the fury of the elements: the snow (especially in Canada!), moisture and direct sunlight can cause fading or spoil of the artwork. If you use them for your vegetable garden then definitely bring them indoors in the cold and wintery seasons.
ARE YOUR PAINTED MUSKOKA ROCKS WATER RESISTANT? HOW SHOULD I CLEAN THEM?
Yes, they are water resistant. To clean them just use a warm damp cloth with warm water and wipe gently to dry.
CAN I PUT MY HAND PAINTED MUSKOKA ROCK PAINTING INSIDE MY FISH AQUARIUM?
No, this is to be avoided. Even though the rocks are coated with a water-resistant, archival UV resistant protective coating, this does not mean it can be soaked forever, plus the chemicals in the aquarium can affect the paint!
ARE THE MUSKOKA ROCKS PAINTED ON ALL SIDES?
Some, but not all, rocks are finely painted on all sides. They are all signed and coated with an archival protective ultraviolet resistant spray. Exceptions to this are those rocks that I have left to allow their natural appearance to remain “exposed.” Paintings such as butterflies are a good example of this. In these cases, I use the bare stone as a base, but still cover each one-of-a kind rock painting with a special protective glaze of archival ultraviolet resistant matte spray.
I SAW ON YOUR WEBSITE A ROCK PAINTING THAT I LIKE BUT IT WAS SOLD. CAN YOU DO IT AGAIN?
Absolutely. Each rock shape is unique which makes each piece of artwork special but if you would like a particular rock painting that has been sold and therefore no longer available, I can duplicate it. Obviously, the Muskoka rock painting will be on a different shaped rock but of a similar size as the one you liked so much.
HOW MUCH DO PAINTED ROCKS COST?
Prices vary according to the size of the rock and of the chosen subject. Items in the Galleries usually have the price as part of the description. I suggest you visit my shop to purchase my artworks or fill out the contact form for a no-obligation quote to get a full costing if the price is not already listed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MAKE A PORTRAIT OF MY PET?
My pet pawtraits are usually carefully detailed onto canvases or paper only, not onto Muskoka rocks. However there has been an increasing demand for me to do Memorial Paintings onto Muskoka rocks to be used either as headstones or as permanent Memorial keepsakes. For more information on how you can request one visit Hayanimals.com.
BESIDES ANIMALS, WHAT OTHER SUBJECTS CAN BE PAINTED?
Over the many years as an animal Fine Artist, I have created artwork subjects such as Muskoka Ontario landscapes, flowers, butterflies, vegetables, frogs, trees, exotic big cats and much more. I drew house portraits while in Art College and painted a five-foot Angel sculpture in Los Angeles for charity and have donated many of my artworks for animal welfare fundraisers.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PAINT A NATURAL MUSKOKA ROCK?
Times may vary according to my commissions list, but it usually takes me from fifteen days to two months and then add to this the delivery time. The amount of actual painting time will vary depending on the size of the rock and the subject you are looking for. My unique Fine Art rock pieces take on average from five to ten hours to paint. After that I then have to cure the paint and seal it with a protective archival ultraviolet resistant, water-resistant spray before I can ship it out to you.
HOW DOES THE SHIPPING WORK?
I can ship my artworks worldwide. You can choose a flat rate or a faster one, it is up to you. Please visit my shop for further information.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you can’t find an answer to your question in this FAQ section, you can always contact me and I’ll respond asap: jeannette@MuskokaArtRocks.com