Here's an article that I wrote on the topic of Creative Rituals a few years ago that you may find interesting:
On a daily basis, use creative rituals to open the door to artistic inspiration. Before you begin working on your serious art projects, try setting the stage with one of these ideas:
- Create a quick collage. I like to make a fast collage before I work on my bigger art pieces. I usually use a small format such as an index card, artist trading card or a section of my daily planner.
- Light a candle to indicate that this is your sacred time to make art.
- In the book, Artist’s Block Cured, co-author Linda Krall suggests that artists do a Brain Dump. Krall says that artists’ brains are typically filled with many negative thoughts such as self-doubt, judgment and fear – as well as creative and imaginative ideas. She suggests taking a blank sheet of paper - and to start dumping out whatever words come to mind as fast as you can. Get it all out and then start making Art.
- Put your wood manikin to work instead of using it as a decoration. These accurately proportioned figures easily adjust to assume most human positions. So let your manikins strike a pose and begin drawing. Over the next few days, do a series of manikin sketches.
- Take a long, relaxing walk. You may want to carry a small notebook and pen in your pocket to jot down those innovative insights that will certainly pop up as your mind calms down during the walk.
- Clear your work table. If you’re like me, your work table is probably cluttered with bottles of paint, pens, embellishments, etc. Because of this clutter, many times I painted on a board of wood propped on my lap. Now, I take the time to clear my table, giving myself a clean area to create. Try it – and watch your creativity soar to new heights.
- Set the stage with music that invigorates your heart and soul to jumpstart your art making sessions. What type of music? Classic, Rock……..I personally love the Blues.
- Start your art sessions with a cup of tea, coffee or cocoa.
- Do a fast sketch of an object in your Studio, e.g., tubes of paint, paint brushes, Taboret, book shelves, chair or a nearby window.
- Set the stage the night before by laying out the art supplies that you will use for your next creative session.