One needs time. Long stretches of time that almost reach boredom. Let yourself have this time, without media distractions. Time for drinking green tea and eating shortbread and staring at the neighbors crocuses.
2. Daydream/ Experience Fully
Immerse yourself in the experience. Let all your senses participate in the moment. Let the crocuses fill their bed and overflow….drink in their golden centers…let the cool light reflecting from the purple petals delight you. Let them grow. It is this elevated way of seeing that gives you something to share. What you see most deeply is the thing to create from.
Take from your experience and make it your own. Get the model. Prep the canvas. Arrange things the way they were in your daydream. Make the daydream appear in the realm of reality as alike the dream as you possibly can (This is why you need to spend time perfecting the dream to begin with. The clearer the idea the easier to execute). Do the work- there are cycles of life and this is the time to focus and bring to life.
“…All things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at sight of them. This is beauty. The art student that should be, and is so rare, is the one whose life is spent in the love and culture of his personal sensations, the cherishing of his emotions, never undervaluing them, the pleasure of exclaiming them to others, and an eager search for their clearest expression.” - Robert Henri