I can't wait to go to the junk yard today, it's the best place to find great things for your studio practice with little cost to your budget. I love doing mixed media collages and you can find tons of things there for changing, challenging and aging surfaces. Recently, I found some weird metal tools for applying different textures. What I'm realizing is that there are so many ways to do art, no longer are limited to one tradition, one set of tools, one identity or one discipline. The relationships that you form in your practice can be versatile and multi-dimensional which is key to having a long and rewarding artistic career. It use to be unthinkable for an artist to have alternative ways of creating works. If you did film, then you had to do only film.That's so last century!
Lucky for us you can do anything you want in your practice as long as it's working and making the work better. Working like this gives your work time to blossom, because allows the work to mature and preform on a higher plane.
I like finding new things outside of my normal studio practice to work with, It feels like I'm collaborating with some crazy obscure (multi-use) objects or other people's castoffs. Its like exploring new spaces and refreshing old ones. When you think you have to create the perfect piece, you put more stress then it is necessary on the work. There are so many artists whose work is rooted in the union of found objects and painting or video and sculpture.
By reshaping your process you can create new ways of reaching numerous people without being a slave to one marketplace.
I know this model is not for everyone, especially for those who went the traditional art school route, but I think there's a good chance of creating some astonishing new work by challenging your practice. The notion of the solitary artist working alone in his studio not looking at works by other artists, not engaged with technology, magazines or having studio visits is decades out of date.
Being a superpower in your practice is sacred place, because it can be full of vision and inspiration... which is always needed.