Nature art

Jacobs Creek stone balancing

Spending time in a familiar place. Home sweet home ❤

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Llano Earth Art Fest 2017

Made my annual appearance at the best festival in Texas. The Llano Earth Art Fest or LEAF for short. This years festival was quite the experience. Each year its grown in size and amplitude.  Its fun seeing folks that I’ve come to know over the last 3 years. Many locals treat us “rock stars” just as such. Abundant kindness and hospitality. Each year the small town of Llano opens their hearts and puts on a family oriented festival for thousands. It’s all about bringing artists and the community together for a few days. Everyone smiles and seems to be part of this invisible energy that simply opens hearts and minds in an astounding way. This year I walked away with the experience of making many new friends and a further fondness to return again next year.

New Year, new day

Started my year off in a wintry creek…imagine that. Worked hard on two balances. The first one was an utter train wreck. Ugly balance, poor location, utter frustration. I wasn’t sure the second one was going to happen. Took a long time to finally come to fruition. Super cool topper on a small, wobbly spine. Cold hands and numb feet from sitting in position for far too long (hours). Had to regroup, clear my  mind and focus on the design that I set in motion. I kept telling myself it was going to happen. Again coming down to fading daylight. If no photos happened I was going to be cool with it. I just wanted to see it completed with my own eyes. Contemplation as to possibly changing the topper filled my head many times. It helps to be unbelievably stubborn in this game. Proper way to start the new year! even managed a few photos 🙂

Low Expectations

I contemplated the current conditions while staring out the front door. The trees were swaying which is usually a sign not to head to the creek. On top of that recent rains most likely brought the creek to a near unworkable level. To go or not to go?  Go of course… with low expectations. The 3 minute drive had me looking at a murky, angry creek. It was up. Much higher and there would be no way of finding stones through the swift, muddy waters. Fortunately there were a few spots still reachable for finding a few rocks to work with. Slim pickings as far as what the norm would be. Adding a stiff wind to the equation and it made for a challenging afternoon. Although a challenge I found a few and set to work in the shallows atop a large flat rock. It took a while to gauge the wind and figure possibilities or more so, probabilities. My first inception didn’t appeal to me much. I shot a few photos, but thought it looked very basic and with horrible proportions. I disassembled the first build to improve the visual appeal. The end results were far more pleasing than I thought conditions suggested. My thoughts were substantiated by the life cycle of my second build. It lasted about 1 minute and produced 3 photos. When it toppled the top rock cracked into two pieces indicating that my time with these stones had run its course. Most of all it was time well spent thinking, studying and learning. No matter how much experience one has, learning never ceases.

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First build… THICK, and BASIC

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Second build… Thinner in the middle, more proportionate. Success for conditions