I've heard it said that an artist needs a routine, but have only recently discovered how vital my routine has become for my art production. Having an established time slot for creating, is the only way for wishy-washy, artists like myself to get art made (besides being a bit of a sanity saver too!). Some good advice I received: mark it on your calendar, set that timer and don't move until the timer goes off. Do I always follow that advice? Nope. But it's a helpful guideline!
While routine and methods are great, it's not good to get stuck in a creative-method-rut. It's also been said that an artist never stops learning. It's easy to get into a creative rut, or a "method" for production. I've recently made an effort to spend some time in some good art books and magazines. There's nothing like finding an artist from the past with whose art you still connect! Looking back at the masters works can be most inspirational and educational, and I am currently being inspired by a handful of Canadian Impressionist artists whose art is incredible (yet they are almost unheard of in the national galleries of Canada - another topic for another day!).
On that note, I'm looking forward to a fall and winter season full of creativity and growth. It's exciting to think of the possibilities!