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Did you catch the title of this post? Focus. Focus. Seems like an odd title to give a post twenty days distant from the most recent other post at this place, eh? But please, let me explain. And it really is about focus.
If you scan my blog articles prior to 2012, you've gotta' admit, I've been pretty darn steady. Pretty much focused. I did not leave you languishing sans a good read. In fact, my normal schedule at that time involved about 2 hours of online-artist work every working day. Focus. Focus.
My spouse is working on a project. Yup, scary. It requires my focus. I have been called up as a research person. Two hours a day, give or take a few. So have I stopped painting? No sir-ee bob. But you'll notice the amount of time I spent with the artistic online presence is almost identical to the amount of time I just alluded to as research time? Yes. My online focus has been altered.
Don't worry, it's not a forever thing. We are assuming one of these days the project will be rolling, and my excellent research skills will not be in such high demand. But that's not the point of all this - it's just the build up.
I want to tell you about focus. The wow factor. The grab your eyes and pull them right to the key place thing. You see, the research I have been doing is 99% internet based. And let me tell you I have developed an amazing scan speed. I buzz down that screen/page with words and numbers a-flying. UNTIL! Focus, focus - and there it is. What I was looking for, and it jumps out and grabs me. Er, grabs my attention. No mistaking, it's THE-IMPORTANT-THING. Yes, it's the focus of my search, and there it is, blatantly evident. Holding my attention. Keeping me there.
Kind of like a good painting, you know. They tell us we need to plot a focus for our painting. And they give us all the rules for doing it well. (example) (also google: focal point in a painting) Do we pay attention? Do we give it a rousing try? At least a valiant effort? We'd better be. This is a busy world, and there are a whole bunch of things out there vying for people's attention. I don't know about you, but I really don't want my creation to be the part the folks with amazing scan speed just fly right over. I want my painting to be the one that has a focus point. One that says "here is THE-IMPORTANT-THING".
Focus, focus. Something to think about as you're sketching out that next painting plan, eh?
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