Exploration answers questions about how others solve creative problems. There is no right way to this part of the creative process and the reach could be as different as museums and comic books.
Again, a list of topics worth considering:
How do others...
Connect to personal story, history, interests, places
Connect to other disciplines such as literature, science, sport, dance
Make art for private or public audiences
Work individually or collaboration
Represent genre: still life, landscape and portrait
Approach Realisism to Abstraction, 2D or 3D, functional or non-functional
Utilize Education: self taught, Atelier or BFA
Finding answers about say collaboration from one source and answers about approach from another and piecing those answers together will ultimately provide unique solutions.
5x5" oil on panel study. View of Beaver Creek. See this and others in Travel Paintings.
Gouache study. Kauai. 5x7"