Before I start a new project, I usually need to go through the ritual of putting away everything from the last project so that I can start fresh. In a chaotic studio, my mind tends to wander.
I worked on my scrap and bookshelf this round of organization. I got rid of a lot of papers. I was at the point where I couldn't find anything because there were too many stacks of pictures from paintings, models and magazines. I kept my files small, only keeping what was useful or inspiring.
I even cleaned out my paint drawer which I haven't done for a very long time. For some reason though, every time I even look at that drawer, I end up with paint in my hands or clothes. It's really weird how that happens.
While I prepare my materials, gessoning panels etc., I am also preparing in my mind, thinking about the artworks.