A few years ago I read the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. One of the things that she talks about in her book is the importance of creating a ritual around your creative process. I've been trying hard to bring that into my own work time: Start off by making a pot of tea, go into the studio, start the tunes, answer e-mails, maybe do a blog post to get your mind directed towards making art, then get busy. I know that I need to get the ritual down even more, like, say, setting specific days and times to be in the studio, rather than when ever I can find the time, but having those little rituals in place really does seem to help.
I think the same can be made for the things that I make while in the studio. Sure, making something new is great, but sometimes you don't know where to start so starting with something familiar (like, say, an oval form) can be a great jumping off place. One of my goals for this coming semester is to develop some new forms to work with, but my first project of the year is actually an idea that I had sketched out at the beginning of 2014. It may be an older idea, but it's taking my well known oval form and layering several sizes of these forms to create something new, but also something that's based on an installation that I did 14 months ago. I'm posting some images below along with notes so hopefully you can follow my idea a bit while it's in development. I will be showing a piece at the Spark Gallery Associate Members show in February and my goal is to have this piece in that show, so the deadline is a little tight, but deadlines are good, right? ;)