"Collect reference material before you need it."
Peer into the artist studio and you’ll likely find a collection of various reference materials. It could be books, magazine clippings, found objects, colour studies or sketches. Why not start a collection of your own. Keep adding to the pile and don’t worry if you’re not immediately sure how it’ll fit into the big picture.
If your art is nature focused, keep in mind there are the laws to protect plants and animals. You can’t just stock your shelves with endangered species just because you’re an artist. I recommend getting involved with your local natural history museum where you can draw from their displays. Speak to the staff about access to the specimens that are kept off exhibit in their collection rooms.
Whatever your artistic discipline, become a collector. Over time having this well of inspiration to pull from is invaluable, especially on those days when the creative juices just aren’t flowing. You might also find new ideas and directions to explore when you rediscover old sketches or forgotten objects you’ve stashed away.