Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Baby Steps




Baby Steps

It can be inspirational to observe the natural learning process, most easily recognized in kids of all ages when they have happened on to something that really motivates them. In this mindset, they will practice tirelessly as if some longer term influence has taken hold, driving a particular need to practice the steps over and over, building on the knowledge that brings it to a new level of understanding. You notice this in kids learning to walk, talk or skate; a teenage girl trying to master a jump or twirl. There is an undeniable mind body joyfulness endlessly spurring on that one more lap to feel the legs or one more round, to understand the flow, building up both the physical and mental memory. I was most keenly aware of this phenomenon in a dear friend last summer, when during the last few months of her sadly shortened life, she was most determined to reestablish her ability to walk. And she did! Her efforts were very rewarding, to her especially and for this and throughout her life she was and is an inspiration to all who knew her. More recently, I was fortunate to spend an intense and wonderful 2 weeks with my 1.5 and 3 year old grandchildren. It was a real treat to watch their non-stop trial and error learning, savouring each step, and exploring at play, each possibilitiy with carefree abandon . That "bring it on" mindset and curiosity for understanding continues to teach me to value those" baby steps "of learning, for a lifetime.

10 comments:

  1. I love the dynamic between the figures, Michele, and the mix of architecture and trees in the background. Layers upon layers make for a beautiful collage.

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  2. as you know, i love this technique. i so enjoyed reading your pre amble - how true it is and what a privilege to be a granny and be able to make these observations as you did. a great title and a great piece

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  3. This photo doesn't do your work justice Michele. There is so much to look at here, and appreciate. I also love your thoughtful introduction.

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  4. All the steps in the technique, the intro , what a lovely interpretation.

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  5. I am enjoying the steps that you are taking, Michele in this process. Your picture (and write-up) reflect the extent to which you are observing life. I really like this piece - nice balance of colour and composition.

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  6. WOW!! Your text/explanation gave me goose bumps! There is so much truth in your work and writing. Your images are universal which makes for excellent art.

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  7. So true, it is fascinating to watch little ones balancing on their toes/feet and taking those first tentative steps. No less impressive than when an adult has to take those 'baby' steps all over a again after a trauma.

    Hilary

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  8. You have mastered the art of collage I think. So much meaning and lovely to look at. Wish I could see this one in person.

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  9. I love the subtle use of photographic images in this piece, and your thoughtful commentary is a reminder to keep trying, in spite of the obstacles we meet.

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  10. Youe piece is very thoughtful and I love the "misty" look you have created. I would love to see it for real. Well done.

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