Variations. Most solid balance points are the result of two surfaces coming together, ideally one concave and one convex, so the two rocks essentially hug one another via 3 (minimum) contact points per balance point.
Here, the top rock has a tiny concave (cupped) balance point on the ‘tip’ it appears to sit on. notice how that balance point requires a certain angle for connection in order to display the way i chose. that angle can be after one rock, or after a combination of 10 rocks. but it must be that angle, and ideally with a complimentary convex surface.
finding balance points to work with is another huge dimension of the creative process that goes mostly under the radar in photographs. the natural shapes of the rocks are really the only limitation i have to work with. basically, how far i can thrive through any given set of circumstances. something that develops with practice and experience. it is my view that the smallest balance points begin appearing naturally in proportion to the present skill level of the practitioner. when the student is ready, the teacher will appear, in a sense.
one of the most useful points of advice i’ve encountered thus far for advancing skill was a bit from Bill Dan a few years ago. once you finish a creation, spend some time looking at it. from as many angles as possible. then take it apart and build it again with a slight complication (more rocks, smaller balance points, counterbalancing, etc) … some of my favorite creations come together on the first variation (actually they are all perfect in and of themselves)… but very often, despite the challenge of the first variation, i risk the fading sunlight to dismantle and rebuild in a more precise way. something just a little bit more unbelievable than before…
out of the three variations here, my personal favorite is the middle. the third was more of a last minute whim.
[…] The other slightly bigger round one in the center is the same one used in the middle of the first variation I made on the equinox. […]
Kathy Manley ☺
Can’t. Believe. It.
Thank you for sharing♡
The first one calms me
Thankyou for the tips, your work is truely amazing.
Thank you Jamie for sharing.I loved it…
Konchok Choedon what an amazing meditation practice this is!!
Thank you for so generously sharing!
The 3rd one Grabs me the most. lol
Fantastic. And your comments often read as a meditation, a metaphor for life and art. The middle stone, the sphere, in the first variation. Is it included in the other variations? Perhaps flat on its side in the third variation?
I love the tension and yet it is also calming…weird
Would make amazing prints for my hall way Dave
Naturalmente… sobrenatural! ;)
Simply Beautiful and Beautifully simple.
Ahh your creations always put my mind at ease!!
WOWWWWW THANK YOU!!! BEAUTIFULLLL!! Thank you for sharing the inside notes…. □
That cap rock is WONDERFUL! Like a leaping impala…
Your stuff continues to amaze me. The variations with the same top rock are so cool, and the sharing of your secrets a true gift. Stay tuned for humble attempts at mimicry :)
Nice! Don’t think I could do that.
Your explanation really helps in many ways. I can see how your words may apply to other facets of life as well. I love what you do. Thank You <3
Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for sharing some of the craft!
Looks like spine and brain. :-)
very possible! :)
When there’s a will… There’s a way.
He’s a witch!
ehem… “wizard” :P
still puzzeled n amazed
Nice, clear and concise explanation :-) beautiful work.
thank you! all great ideas!