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Michelle Allison Smith

8 Days Ago

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.) :)

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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

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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).

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Lucia Waterson

8 Days Ago

How nice!

I will try as soon as I can, since Malta is full of rocks, it's all a big rock, in fact.

And will come back here.

If I will do a nice one.

 

That's the spirit! :) You're awesome, Lucia Waterson! :D Looking forward to seeing what you share with us soon!

 

Lucia Waterson

8 Days Ago

You are super kind, Michelle! Thanks a lot for your encouragement!

 

Ed Meredith

8 Days Ago

Michelle thanks for starting this thread.

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.

 

Ed Meredith

8 Days Ago

A chatting trio on the beach
constructed with eight pieces of coral counting the plinths they are standing on.

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Ed Meredith

8 Days Ago

Part of the joy in making these pieces is the hunt for shapes, depressions,
holes, pits and colors all in the right places that yield the features that define the sculpture.

Buddha is constructed with six pieces and Daphne four .


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Tim Phelps

8 Days Ago

A visual pun with Rocks.....I also add stacked rock in my gardens ......

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Zen Rocks stack with a Window

Rock Stack Watercolor Painting Print by Carlin Blahnik

This watercolor painting is of a meditative arrangement of colorful smooth stones carefully stacked.

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.

It’s a meditative practice that brings us fully to the present moment & in union with the environment.

Feel the calm relaxation.

 

John Twynam

8 Days Ago

Here's a group of them that I found on the Hoodoo Trail in Alberta.

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Milija Jakic

8 Days Ago

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Cheers!

 

Ed Meredith

8 Days Ago

Walking Man With Fez
Constructed and balanced with four pieces of coral

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Dale Kincaid

8 Days Ago

I find rock balancing/stacking to be very therapeutic.

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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:



 

John Twynam

7 Days Ago

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Ed Meredith

6 Days Ago

Sometimes the elegance is in the simplicity.
A stand alone piece of coral balanced on a flat surface.

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Tatiana Travelways

6 Days Ago

The Guardian

The Guardian

Silhouette of a solitary Inukshuk sculpture made of balanced rocks, looking like a guardian, at sunset on lake Huron in Collingwood, Canada.

 

Genevieve Esson

6 Days Ago

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Roger Swezey

6 Days Ago

As my entry to an "Edit This" Challenge, back in August of 2019, I digitally moved rocks in the existing photo, and placed them, one on top of another,

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Ram Vasudev

6 Days Ago

“Boulders and Aspens - Sierra Autumn”
Large boulders and colorful aspens near a stream of water, Sierra-Nevada mountains, California

Boulders and Aspens Sierra Autumn Fine Art by Ram Vasudev

https://ram-vasudev.pixels.com/featured/boulders-and-aspens-sierra-autumn-ram-vasudev.html

 

Chuck De La Rosa

6 Days Ago

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.

 

Alison Frank

6 Days Ago

This one was shot in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Maggie Terlecki

6 Days Ago

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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...



 

John Twynam

5 Days Ago

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Tatiana Travelways

5 Days Ago

Inukshuk family in Labrador, Canada

Inukshuk family in Labrador, Canada

 

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...

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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.

 

Lucia Waterson

4 Days Ago

Hi Michelle! Listen, I can't do miracles :) I just put the last 2, but I enjoyed it very much! Thank you!!


https://fineartamerica.com/featured/stones-on-stones-lucia-waterson.html?newartwork=true

Vertical arrangement of a group of stones by the Maltese coast, in the Mediterranean.
Relaxing to do and to look at. (At least for me!!)

 

Ram Vasudev

4 Days Ago

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.

Sunrise at Alabama Hills Fine Art by Ram Vasudev

https://ram-vasudev.pixels.com/featured/sunrise-at-alabama-hills-california-ram-vasudev.html

 

Ed Meredith

4 Days Ago

Here's a wonderful rendition of stones by VIVA, she just hasn't gotten around to stacking them yet... lol

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Patti Deters

3 Days Ago

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"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.

 

Found this colorful one! :O

"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.

If you like [her] artwork, please follow [her] on FB, Pinterest, Google+, or Twitter. [She] sincerely appreciate(s) your support.

Copyright Ⓒ) Hailey E. Herrera. All rights reserved. Thank you for visiting my gallery. Hailey E Herrera by Hailey E Herrera"

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Replying to Ed:

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?"

 

Jan Bickerton

3 Days Ago

A still life rock balance using beautiful smooth pebbles from the beach. I put a white feather on the top, so calming!

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Ram Vasudev

3 Days Ago

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.

Rocks and Rushing Mountain Stream Autumn in Eastern Sierra Fine Art by Ram Vasudev

https://ram-vasudev.pixels.com/featured/rocks-and-rushing-mountain-stream-ram-vasudev.html

 

What I find most striking about Bombaert Patrick's piece here (in addition to the balance itself) is the intriguing design on the stones -- plus the symmetry created from the reflection! :O


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Lucia Waterson

2 Days Ago

They all look amazing!

 

(Replying to Lucia):

I know, right? Wow! :D

 

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