I’m seeing the prairie everywhere.

hyperfocus

noun

  1. An intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses the consciousness on a narrow subject.

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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.

a guiding principle.

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.

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