My practice of journal keeping has changed my life. My journals are for sketching, keeping inspiration handy and playing with texture in an smaller format. This work has expanded my creativity in the larger projects of my life.
I also use journaling to create and refine my artistic vision. When I have a spark of an idea. I jot it down in a journal, then doodle it and research it and expand it. Sometimes that is enough. But those ideas that are worthy. They become in big paintings, creative endeavors and interesting happenings in my life.