An intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses the consciousness on a narrow subject.
I love getting hyperfocused creatively. This lets me rule out all of the other possibilities I get so distracted by all day every day. So right now—February of the year 2016 my focus is on the prairie. My ideas have a place to land and someone to explore them with. This collaborative project is in the conceptual stage, but there’s a guiding principle and that makes all the difference.
I highly recommend, if you haven’t already, to make some choices about where you want to spend your energy. I did an inventory and I realized that a few things on my list just had to go. There isn’t time for everything that interests me. I had to prioritize. It wasn’t easy, but taking a hard look at my list was pretty eye-opening.
Whenever I’m about to start a big project I’ve discovered that having a “guiding principle”is really helpful. I always need help narrowing my focus. So if I’m able to decide on a palette or a “feel” I’m generally more relaxed as the work gets more demanding. I’m about to start designing my collection for the SEABA Strut Fashion Show in early September in Burlington, Vermont I first need to submit my design ideas for my application.
This painting by Lynne Reed, a Burlington painter has stayed with me since I first saw it. Lynne is part of a women’s small business support group (Levity Seven) that I am a part of and we recently had a “trunk show” together. I think this painting and the other photos of mine I found are my design inspiration clothing line. I love the brush strokes, texture and palette. These colors have a “mid-century” vibe that I adore. So, here’s to a guiding principle in whatever part of your life it’s needed.