I used to be The Queen of "The Zone". I had an art class right before dinner, and I would meet my roommate, and some of our other friends at the cafeteria. When someone would talk to me, my roommate would say, "Don't even try to talk to Jen for at least 15 minutes. She's still in The Zone".
My junior year of college I transferred to the college where my dad taught (where I should have gone all along). At that college, juniors went to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a year, and completed a Visual Communications/Graphics program. This was a bit of a struggle for me. Previously my art was very loose, very free, and very messy. Suddenly the focus was on precision, design, and execution.
These days, when I try to draw, or paint, or do anything creative, I struggle to balance the two sides of myself - the free and the precise. I probably lean more towards the graphic side. The free, loose part of myself is harder to reach. It's hard to get in "The Zone" when your 3 year old is saying, "Are you done NOW?... How about NOW?" That is why I love what I did last week for the Spring prompt (I'm a week late).
I started out drawing the picture in pencil, then colored it in marker. Then, I got out the watercolors, and the precise side of myself tried to paint "inside the lines" (I'll discuss that some other day). But, that's the great thing about watercolors. They bleed. They run. They do what they want. They force you to be free. I won't say I reached "The Zone", but I could almost feel it on the horizon.
(If you don't know by now, Simply Feather, is the ringleader of this Paint With Me weekly challenge. If you are creative, or long to be, head over and find out how to participate.)