Into my 17 x 14 Aquabee sketchbook, I tape photos of paintings from the HUGE (but shrinking) collection of art magazines I have in my studio. When I'm not feeling very creative, I go into the studio and pull out a few old art magazines. As I flip through the pages, I tear out all of the photos that appeal to me. Whether it's color, composition, treatment of the subject ... no matter what it is that interests me, I tear it out. When I have a nice pile, I trim them down and tape them into my "Idea Book." I make comments here and there.
Now, when I am not feeling very creative, I can flip through my idea book. Just this last week I flipped to this page and then followed up by checking out the artist Gloria Gaddis. Check out her stuff here!
Oh, and stop throwing away your old art magazines! It's time to use them selfishly for you own idea book. You never know what might happen because of it!