What turns you on creatively? What do you need to get excited to create, to feel inspired to make art?
Personally, I need to dream big, think big, plan big. I am really turned on by challenging myself to work on big, demanding projects that take a long time to complete. I am drawn to the intensity of working on all-absorbing, challenging goals that require total commitment and a lot of focus, the projects you have to put a lot of effort into, projects that test your patience and self-confidence but offer a promise of personal growth, catharsis and transformation. Projects that, dare I say, feel really epic and monumental. I like to surrender myself to my work, pushing it as far as I can, testing my own limits and then reaping sweet rewards of growth and self-discovery :) Creating a series of let's say 100 paintings wasn't enough for me, I had to go and make over a 1000.
The other thing that turns me on as an artist is an idea that creative process isn't just a creative process but a chance to explore your inner world, confront your own issues, purge yourself emotionally, I am interested in art as a tool for healing, art as therapy I guess. One of the reasons I love making abstract art is that I can express whatever I want using this universal language of colors and shapes and even deal with some rather deep, "dark" issues yet still keep them private. I like this idea of revealing my own inner world to myself yet keeping it hidden to anyone else simultaneously.
There are many other things that also turn me on creatively, like using drawing ink in unexpected ways, working with colors, color theory etc but taking on big ideas and projects to test myself and grow as a person is really my main deal. The work I'm doing is literally very simple, I stain fancy paper with colored ink then doodle on it using nice pens but when I do it from this view point of it ends up being very rewarding, cathartic, healing and not just mere paper decorating :)