My friend Lorelei Eurto has been creative recently making jewelry, and she made this wonderful bracelet using one of my new asian connector tiles.
Isn't it fantastic?
She talks about being 'in the zone' and it's a subject I've been thinking about a lot lately.
There's a school of thought that talks about the 'artistic flow' or the 'creative zone' which can happen when you are focused on the activity. And later you look down and think - 'did I make that?' because it seems to just flow out of the tips of your fingers.
Not planned or studied laboriously, just happening smoothly and automatically.
When this happens, time seems to compress. For me, a few hours can seem like the passing of just a few minutes. It's a very productive place to me, there's no struggle mentally, almost automatic pilot. And very rewarding.
I've read some research that seems to say that using the same background sounds can help to initiate this zone of flow more quickly and reliably. I often listen to NPR radio programs while in the studio on the weekend. I've read on others' blogs that certain music seems to be their river of flow.
Have you experienced the feeling of being 'in the zone' or having 'artistic flow' yourself?
Do you know what brings it on for you, and how do you experience it? I find the subject facinating.