Discovery is the best way to fuel your imagination. If you see something new or the same old things in a new light you propel yourself forward. Change happens in you and then innovation!
Daily I put this into practice in some aspect of my art. Sometimes its a process, a technique, an area of study, or a tool.
The City Scene 3 represents a still life practice that I use often. I need to learn perspective, so I set up a scenario that allows me to see it with my own eyes instead of guessing. When I set up these scenes I try to do something alien and unique with similar objects that you could find around the house. I chose the China Marker because of its proximity to pastel and charcoal. It can bear some semblance to a black and white photo if used the right way. In particular, value was very important to this drawing.
Be bold and try a different media, process, or subject matter. Be brazen and open to change. I guarantee you will see something new.