I don't really have any rituals or things that get me into the creative zone. I find that just stepping into the studio starts the process, sometimes it takes a long time to get into the creative zone, it might not come easily, there might be some procrastinating that happens, avoidance behaviors like making another cup of coffee
, doing some house cleaning, surfing the net, anything to avoid the pain of not feeling it. But really the only thing that is sure to get me in the flow is to keep at it, put my dues in, work it out, try again, start over, just keep at it. Sometimes it comes very quickly and paintings seem to paint themselves, other times it is painfully slow and difficult.