A creative journey is set into motion with an intuitive idea. It is inspired by influences unique to the project and person. Exploration goes farther and asks "How do others do this?" Foraging for answers moves the creative problem solving from "What inspires me?" to "What can I learn from others?"
Like the list of topics worth considering in Inspiration, taking the time to explore how 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: Realism to Abstraction, 2D or 3D, functional or non-functional
Utilize Education: self taught, Atelier or BFA
Finding answers about collaboration from one source and about approach from another then piecing those answers together will ultimately provide unique solutions. Creative ideas begin with intuition and intuition is individual. Inspiration is also individual in the sense that it asks the question "What are the influences in my life experience that relate to my original intuitive idea?" Exploration, focused exploration reaches out and asks the question "How do others solve this creative problem?" This exploration can come from many sources. One source may provide insights about concept, another, the use of media, another technique, another utility. This exploration may include formal and informal sources from local, national and international, past and present creative problem solvers.
Deciding the value and application will come later. For now, for a little while, explore with wild abandon.
Here I am at Rocky Mountain National Park. I set up the photo shoot at 11,000 ft. on Trail Ridge Road. I used several high resolution photos as reference. See the completed image Surreal Rocky Mountain Picnic go to Masterworks
These landscapes studies are oil on panel, 5x5" and all from Rocky Mountain National Park. See them and more in the Travel Painting section of my website.
This oil study of Pikes Peak can be found in the Travel Painting section.