Saturday, January 26, 2008


Oil on board, 6" x 6"
$125.00 + $6.00 shipping in US.

How sheltered a life have I led? Let me put it this way: before I visited the Southwest I thought balancing rocks only existed in Road Runner cartoons.

I'm no geologist, so if I have this wrong someone straighten me out, but it's my understanding that these are remnants of a layer of sandstone that once covered much softer underlayers of ash or other sediments. As the forces of erosion broke through the hard shell, the softer underlayer began eroding away at a faster rate, leaving these rocks sitting high and dry.

I read somewhere that while many of them look like they're ready to slide off their platforms, they rarely do. The underlayer compresses more on the tilted side, hardening it so it erodes more slowly. Meanwhile the side with less weight erodes away faster, and the rock tilts back the other way, keeping it balanced. In other words, they are giant teeter totters!


Pablo VillicaƱa Lara said...

Hey Don! Love this series! Colors and Compositions are just great!
Hope you don't mind but I've tagged you on my blog. . .


Unknown said...

Hi Don,
The richness of the colors used in the foreground is amazing! Love the details behind the painting... makes the visual even more impactful.

gypsy said...


Trine said...

I love bare landscapes in general but have never seen a balancing rock myself either. Thank you for bringing us so delightful interpretations of such landscapes

Don Gray said...

Pablo--thanks for your kind words and for the tag. I'll drop you an email.

Joanne--Nice of you to stop by. I appreciate your thoughts.

d sinner!!!--Thanks a lot.

Trine--My thanks for your comments.