Still life painting.
Every artist whether they are audial or visual is continuously learning form their environment. Inspired from their experience of the world around them. All great art and music owes its origins to these references. If H. R. Giger didn’t observe the lizard, leopard and a BMW we would not have the multi award winning SciFi film Alien. There is no shame in using references, in fact it’s the best way to learn, from observing. No one just wakes up one day and creates something amazing. We draw our creativity from what is available to us. All that we see, hear and experience influences our creativity. It molds us and our art, making it as unique as our experience of this amazing world. We just need to be willing to be brave and adventurous enough to explore it.