Don’t make your research into yet another form of procrastination.
You’re looking for inspiration, not writing a dissertation.
It’s so easy to conflate these two especially when as an artist you clearly have to do some research or find some kind of inspiration.
The problem comes when the research is all you seem to be doing and little if any creative work.
That little voice in your head tries to convince you and say this is all relevant, but when you sum up your creative output over time you have very little to show.
Over time without creative output you will be unproductive because it is your creative output that will define you as an artist.
Now what you have to ask yourself is why you’re avoiding the creative work. Are you not confident enough to begin?
Do you not yet have an idea that you’re happy to begin doing? Are you fearful of the works reception?
Are you the type of person who only starts to create when the time to deliver is nearly upon you? Do you believe your creative task is beyond you current skillset?
The answer to all these questions is start the creative work whether its weak or not, inspiration or not, fearful or not.
Make a mark, strike a note, splash a colour.
What will happen more often than not is that ideas will begin to accumulate from just simply beginning. No matter how weak that start may be there’s a chance that it can be improved and made better.