The Warmup

“Pre-game Warmup”, © Patricia Steele Raible, Mixed Media on Board, 36″ x 12″

Baseball is still on the brain as well as the color purple. You see we are moving. What’s the connection you may wonder. Well, renovation, and buying and selling houses has gotten to be too much. So, of course, I turn to art to soothe my mind and purple because it’s a diversion. And baseball comes in because  I am warming up for the big game—the move—and I want to be sure I’m ready.

Are We Ever Ready

Warming up is very important to both baseball and moving because you use muscles and joints in forward-backward movements. You may be jumping, twisting, or making forward lateral movements (hopefully), and according to the experts, it is important that your body be prepared.

Experts also advise arriving early, familiarizing yourself with the field and the equipment. Then they suggest stretching since your muscles will really get a workout. A few sprints (can I skip this one) they say will increase blood flow in the muscles. Okay, okay I’ll do a few.

It’s Always the Hip Flexors

Then there are the knee lifts which loosen the legs and hip flexors for better motion and movement. Squats (please no) they tell us will loosen up your ham strings, quads, and glutes. They even want you to add a few arm crosses. Finally, they suggest playing catch and fielding. Now they say you are ready for the game. I’m ready for a nap.

Soon But Not Yet

Luckily the move is not yet, but they keep telling me it’s just a few weeks away. I’ve had to pack up the brushes and paint (a bummer.) I am telling myself that collage in my journal will be perfect—just what I need, planning time.

“Pre-Game Warmup” is the last one on the easel for now, a companion to “Home Run.” When I first stood back and looked at it hard, I couldn’t tell if the game had started. Perhaps the bases were all loaded, and we desperately needed a hit. Or, did we need the third out?

Oh, well. You decide. You’re playing too aren’t you?

Creativity and Performance

Leap of Faith, 30″ x 30″

Creativity is what drives all of us—whether we are involved in art, science, or business.  This research is again affirming the connection between creativity and performance in the workplace. You might want to check it out.

Memory, Emotion, and Art

In my exploration on memory and its affects on self-identity, I have discovered that researchers believe that the most profound brain-altering communication is triggered by those mental and physical (and sometimes nonverbal) responses in relationships.

A Current In the Mind, 16″ x 16″ x 3″, Mixed media collage

 In The Developing Mind, Daniel Siegel uses the phrase “ the feeling of being felt.” The bottom line is that through our relationships, beginning with one primary person at birth, the mental circuits responsible for memory, emotion, and self-awareness are altered. They are triggered by deep emotions through facial expression, physical touch, posture, pace, tone of voice. So what begins at birth becomes a life-long pattern.