How do you conjure creative sparks?
It's 9 o'clock in the morning. You've scheduled the next two hours solely for the purpose of making art for your next show/commission/100 day project/fill-in-the-blank, so you sit down to make something and bam! a masterpiece is born. Right?
If not, what do you do? Do you...
Just sit there and stare at the canvas?
Move your brush around and hope something comes to you?
Look at other people's art?
There is no wrong answer, but when you notice something actually works (and you think it worked once or twice before), make a mental note.
The next time you are bumbling around wondering how to start, you can pull that ritual out of your imaginary toolbox and see if it works again.