I was in the zone today and it felt great

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

I started a new project at work yesterday. This one requires sketched concepts, which in theory is a great idea. It was something we had to do in school…start every design project with thumbnails and hand them in with the final product or be docked marks. I would often create the thumbnails after the project was completed because I found it easier to create on the computer. I still do. Some of my best designs are errors that occurred while moving things around the page or clicking the wrong colour then being fascinated by the results.

Yet, there are times when nothing is coming to me and I find myself with paper, pencil ✏️ and eraser in hand, doodling, sketching and basically having fun…and getting paid to do it…that’s the incredible part. Someone is paying me to do something I enjoy doing. Gratitude big time 🤗.

So, there I was, at the kitchen table, hunched over my paper, laptop to my right, tablet to my left, narrative in one hand, pencil in the other, sketching ideas, in my own little world.

Hours later, I’m chatting with Mom and I notice she had emptied the dishwasher. When did you do that? I asked her. She told me she had been in the kitchen while I was sketching. I had no idea, no recollection, never knew she was there. I was in the zone, completely immersed in what I was doing, unaware of life going on around me.

That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, I’m either out of practice, not enjoying what I’m doing, or too much in my mind. Anyways, it was a good moment!

5 redpoll birds perched on a silo feeder while another redpoll flys in to join them.
Lucky shot! ©WQuinn 2021
Winter scene of a large spruce tree in the foreground covered with snow, a barn and field in the distance with cloud cover and blue sky
My view this morning. Clear skies on the way! ©WQuinn 2021
A tabby cat sits in a sunny spot on a wooden veranda
Ashes enjoying a warm spot in the sun. ©WQuinn 2021