Finding Balance

I’ve been back to work this week and John has moved in permanently – yay! It feels like the relaxation of the holidays is long gone even though New Year’s was only a few days ago. We’re adjusting to the changes and things are going well so far!

I have been painting every morning on the trilliums and I’m making good progress. This morning I was feeling really good as I was painting but then I had to pack up and head to the office.

Can you really balance everything effectively? I find that I often think about work while I’m painting and while I’m at work I’m thinking of painting or the things I have to do for my art business. I imagine this is normal….at least I hope it is!

I’m busy getting my applications together for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and the Victoria County Studio Tour for this year. It’s the first time I’ve applied for these shows – here’s hoping I’m successful. It would be a big boost to my career to be involved in these events.

I came across Michael Grab’s Stone Balancing Work and it’s just incredible. The only ‘glue’ holding these stones together is gravity. He really describes balance well.

The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.

Work by Michael Grab

Work by Michael Grab

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