Having a small-steps summer over here, where the creative things I usually accomplish in a day are stretched out over a week. This week's effort: sketches.

I found freedom and focus on this other side of embracing one creative project at a time, instead of spinning All The Plates All The Time. The permission makes space for deep work, deep concentration, deep thinking, and really: deep creativity.

Twyla Tharpe calls it "the bubble," where all her creative focus points in one direction. Dani Shapiro talks about clearing the deck to immerse in a project. They both know that our best work comes out of a concentration of our creative energy.

I never thought a summer of minimal creative time would lead me to this...but dang, they're right.