This sentiment is a cornerstone of my art practice.
When I don't feel inspired (which is often), I make collage papers, do research, test out new-to-me products, scribble in my sketchbook, make Art Parts...and often inspiration hits me while I'm busy working.
Inspiration feels a little bit like luck. You know the old saying? "You make your own luck." Luck is not a guarantee, just like inspiration. You have to work hard so that you're ready for it when it comes. This is how I developed my "Art Parts" theory. I make mindless parts for my art (backgrounds, embellishment clusters, painted papers, tags, etc.) and then when inspiration strikes, I quickly assemble a finished work of art!
If you're interested in learning my methodology, there are 4 spots left in my live online Art Parts class, which begins next Friday and runs for two sessions.
Thanks for stopping by!