Apart from books, I have a folder in my computer that I keep all the images that I found insipring. The folder includes something like " flower, bird, bottle, sunshine, garden, sea view, ...".
Newspapers and magzines also provide an excellent sources of inspiration of colors and postures of people. I have one file folder keeps cut out from newspapers and magzines.
For example, my painting "Lady Making Tea" is inspired by a picture from a story about a bar in Singapore with a photo of a lady mixing wine.
At the time, I have painted two paintings with lady, "Joy of Reading" and "Draming". The photo instantly triggered me to paint something similar to what I have done. The photo is a lady holding glass cup and with bottles of wines behind. I took the posture of the lady added oriental themes of the tea cups and the flowers. Unfortunately, I lost the paper with the photo that I cut from the newspaper.
For anything that will trigger you to create something, you must be in a state that is very creative. Otherwise, you will find very few things to be inspring. This is my experience. I wonder how others feel.
Please do visit others to find more about the topic:
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design
Nikki at Beaded Zen
Wendren at Wren
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts
Charlotte at Fancy Picnic
Marian, Florcita's Art
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent
Fabienne at Easterya
Ruth at Birdland Creation