Rock-balances! :) Post Your Own, & Find Another's!
Could be one with real rocks that are stacked, or it could be artistically represented through drawing/ painting/ abstract/ photos etc. :D
If you haven't tried to create your own rock-balance yet... consider this challenge an opportunity to give it a go! :D There's a lot on F.A.A.
if you're still stumped, check out "The Rock Balancer's Guide" (Travis Ruskus. That's who I learned from. And lots of practice... it's fun!)
Here's one I really did on my piano! :D (My mom got a framed print of it for us for Christmas, and we keep it by that same piano.) :)
Here's one I also really did myself at home just for fun b4 I was on F.A.A. Includes a whole lot of art!: Painting, balancing, photography, & digital text! :O
Noticed this one today... Jani the fine artist asked: "What can you see in this abstract photograph?"
-- as I looked at the abstract I wrote, "i see rock balancing! :O with a tricky one on the right that is starting to topple over to the right side" ;)
Also though this real one! I admire how it's a good tall stack just up to the horizon line, and how there's one reddish rock (like my Rock n Roll Piano). Last but not least, I notice how their textures fit together -- especially between rough/smooth rocks (that's a Travis Ruskus-ian tip to try, btw).
I don't have any of my balanced rocks here on FAA,
but I do have some balanced coral pieces that I try to
assemble in sculptural forms. This one titled Fish Monger's Wife
is constructed from six pieces of coral.
Logged back in today and wow! :O Rock balance art never ceases to fascinate me. :D KEEP CALM... ROCK-BALANCE ON! :D
For those just tuning in who want to give rock balancing a try, I encourage this tip from Carlin Blahnik (CarlinArtWatercolor) as shared with her artwork post (see her post in the comments above): "The balance of rocks calls for three contact points & feeling for that stability requires stillness, patience & focus...This effort brings the mind to quiet & become peaceful..."
A simple how-to visual for that (which helped me get going a few years ago) is embodied in this easy lesson with Travis Ruskus:
Balanced Rock in Natural Bridge State Park, Slade, KY is a giant sandstone rock accessible by a steep and moderately difficult trail. When you approach the rock formation its sheer size sticking up in the middle of the heavily wooded area it almost looks out of place.
Keep 'em goin'! You're on a roll! :D Now for some inspiring quotes...
~ “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write -- if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." ~Abraham Maslow (I read this in "Follow Your Inner Heroes to the Work You Love" by Carolyn Kalil)
~ "A rock balance can be a metaphor for whatever vision you are trying to achieve." ~Travis Ruskus (The Rock Balancer's Guide: Discover the Mindful Art of Balance) He talks about that a bit here in under 2 minutes...
Looking up "rock balance" in the Fine Art America search, there are so many to choose from to show the amazing things artists are doing! :O Here is one that caught my eye especially because of the "time-lapse" photography background! :O I could probably do a balance like that, but I do not have the ability to photograph the sky like this...
I was at Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, for the Perseid's Meteor Shower. It was a beautiful clear night at the summit, 10,023 feet above sea level. I managed to get completely distracted by this uniquely creative rock stack that was perched and teetering on the edge of the volcano pointing straight up into the heavens at the milky way. The light behind the cairn is the Big Island of Hawaii almost 30 miles away.
Sunrise at Alabama Hills, California. Lots of balanced rocks in this image!
The Alabama Hills, in the mid-ground here, are a formation of rounded rocks and geologically complex Inyo Mountains. There are two main types of rocks here. One is an orange, somewhat drab weathered metamorphosed volcanic rock that is 150–200 million years old. The other type of rock is 82-85 million years old biotite monzogranite which weathers to potato-shaped large boulders, many of which stand on end due to spheroidal weathering acting on many nearly vertical joints in the rock.
"Show Me the Way - Lake Superior Rock Stack" by Patti Deters. This perfectly balanced stacked stone statue structure was found along the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth, MN. Some folks call these Inuksuk or Inukshuk, used by First Nation tribes for directions and landmarks. It makes for a dramatic image with the sun in the background. If you like this outdoor waterscape photograph, I invite you to enjoy more of my (landscape, seascape, nature) images at patti-deters.pixels.com.
"Zen Balance-White" -- Stacked rocks watermedia painting by Hailey E. Herrera.
[Hailey E. Herrera is] a watermedia artist, working in watercolor, watercolor batik, ink, and acrylic. [She] earned signature memberships in the top watercolor organizations in Texas. With abounding color and vibrant beauty, [her] art has found a home in many private and public collections.
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Thanks, Ed, & Viva, for going with the flow and participating in my rock balance thread! :D I love the comment about this image... how true -- so much potential for rock balancing within a nice little collection of stones isn't there! :D Could also be an image of after a balance collapses... that "letting go" theme. :) Travis Ruskus says, "A rock balance can be a metaphor for whatever vision you are trying to achieve." ~Travis Ruskus (The Rock Balancer's Guide: Discover the Mindful Art of Balance). He also asks: "Do you choose the rocks, or do the rocks choose you?"
Rocks and Rushing Mountain Stream – autumn in Eastern Sierra, California
A stream of water cascades past rocks/boulders in Bishop Creek Canyon in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California. I was attracted to this composition by the contrast between the mildly colored textured rocks and the rushing water stream. I used a somewhat long shutter speed to render a slight motion blur in the water stream.